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: 87||Robert 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: 85/87||Robert 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: 89||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, 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: 87/89||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, 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: 91/92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, 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: 89/92||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, 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: 15.5||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, 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: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, 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: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2011|