Fonbel 2018

SubregionSt Emilion

This 16 hectare property in the South of Saint Emilion is owned by the Vauthier family of Ausone. Wine-making is 30% in barrel and 70% in stainless steel. Pricing policy always very reasonable. The 2018 blend is 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carmenere.


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Tasting Notes

Deep ruby in colour, with a peppery, floral, ripe nose of dark cherries and blackberries. The palate is soft, supple and fragrant, packed with juicy black fruits and dried flowers. The tannins are soft, supple and integrated, allowing the exuberant fruit to shine. Long and peppery on the finish.

Score: 15.5Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

Made up of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Carménère, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Fonbel gives up spicy notes of Sichuan pepper, cinnamon stick, cloves and fenugreek with a core of warm red and black cherries, mulberries and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has wonderful freshness and a soft, creamy texture supporting the vibrant red and black fruit preserves flavors, finishing with a peppery lift.

Score: 91/93Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

A juicy and rich young wine with lots of fruit and density. Round and soft tannins with hints of freshness at the same time.

Score: 91/92James Suckling,, April 2019

The 2015 de Fonbel is a gorgeous entry-level wine in the Vauthier family's range. Plush, succulent and inviting, the 2018 radiates with striking fruit density. Soft curves and silky tannins give the wine's its pure appeal. Sweet floral and spiced notes add complexity, but more than anything else, Fonbel stands out for its glorious fruit and allure. Exotic spice and black pepper notes from the Carmenère are laced into the finish I loved it.

Score: 89/92Antonio Galloni,, April 2019

Black core, purple rim. Smoky black fruit. Dark and just a touch charry. Plenty of fruit, tied up in the thickish tannins. Powerful and chewy and just fresh enough.
Drink 2023-2030

Score: 16Julia Harding MW,, April 2019

A blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Carménère, the 2018 Château De Fonbel is a juicy, medium to full-bodied, elegant Saint-Émilion that has seriously good notes of black cherries, black raspberries, violets, and spice. It shows the ripe, sexy style of the vintage, but its purity of fruit and polished tannins set it apart. This is a beautiful wine and my money is on it being a best to date.

Score: 92/94Jeb Dunnuck,, May 2019

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