Fonbel 2010

SubregionSt Emilion

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Tasting Notes

A very good, competent St.-Emilion with notes of cedar, roasted herbs, lavender, black cherries and spice, there is something southern Rhone-like to this wine's aromatics. However, on the palate, the wine is classic Bordeaux, with moderate tannin, medium weight, and good freshness and precision. Drink it over the next decade.

Score: 87Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

From Alain Vauthier, the proprietor of Ausone, Fonbel's 2010 reveals surprisingly high acidity as well as a more narrow constitution than expected given the winemaking team responsible for its production. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with some minerality and red and black fruits, but it seems monolithic compared to its peers. Drink it during its first 10-12 years of life.

Score: 85/87Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

Tasted at Chateau Ausone, the Fonbel '10 is a little reticent on the nose at first, opening with attractive oyster shell notes accompanying the bright red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. It is well balanced with black cherries and redcurrant, a welcome pinch of spice towards the tightly coiled finish. Perhaps I was expecting a little more persistency after its bottle showing, although it serves as a decent follow-up to the 2009 Fonbel. Tasted November 2012.

Score: 89Neal Martin,, February 2013

Very dark berried, slightly herbaceous fruit on the nose that is well defined and quite rustic compared to recent vintages. The palate is full-bodied with firm, strict tannins, somehow reminding me of a Malbec. Good weight and length, but not as complex as the 2009. Tasted March 2011.

Score: 87/89Neal Martin,, April 2011

Bright and fruity with a lovely purity of cherries and berries, minerals and firm tannins. Lively acidity. The 7 percent Carméncre gives this a lively and unique style.

Score: 91/92James Suckling,, April 2011

Sister of Ausone. Dark cherry red. Very rich nose. Then thick and flattering. A bit sweeter than one associates with a premier grand cru. Then a little bit dry but not forced.

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2011

This property, owned by the Vauthier family, is situated below Ausone and Moulin St Georges near Monbousquet. Alain Vauthier has created a forward "Ausone style" wine, which is sold for a fraction of the price. 66% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon,7% Petit Verdot and 7% Carmenere. 30% new oak. Always moderately priced. A good, deep colour with a lovely strawberry and candy fruit nose. Juicy, intense, plump sweet cherries on the palate. Forward with creamy roundness. Polished and attractive with just a touch of tannin at the finish. Is the best Fonbel ever?

Score: 16Farr Vintners, April 2011

The nose is packed with sweet fruit all feeling ripe. Red fruits are backed by black layers of flavour a good weight of fruit with the sweetness on the mid palate giving suppleness and flesh. The bramble towards the back gives freshness on the finish.

Score: 89/92Derek Smedley MW, April 2011

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW,, April 2011

Lively, fresh and accented towards the fruit. Has the originality of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Petit Verdot in the blend. Good value, easy drinking. Drink 2013-2018.

Score: 15.5James Lawther MW,, April 2011

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