About the Wine
In 1986 when Michel Rolland purchased Chateau Fontenil, his original intentions were to buy a house on the right bank. However, Michel fell in love with the Chateau and the vines, ultimately deciding to continue using the estate for the production of high-quality wines. Rolland spent nearly 13 years renovating and revitalizing the estate. In 2019, Chateau Fontenil became the 1st estate in Fronsac to produce a white Bordeaux. Today, Chateau Fontenil is another sensational estate in Michel portfolio receiving frequent critical acclaim and delighting many Bordeaux lovers around the world. It's your turn to discover another gem from the Rolland Rolodex.
The Estate manages 11 hectares of vines averaging nearly 45 years in age with the majority of plantings dedicated to Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The wines are fermented in small wooden and steel vats with a touch of whole cluster fermentation and aged in 100% French oak with 60% new oak influence.
Aging: 15 to 18 months in 100% (60% New) Fench Oak.
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
Aromas of impeccably ripe cassis, blackberries, and dark cherries. Very fruit-focused nose. The palate has a suave array of layered tannins that carry dark-cherry and blueberry flavors. Really pure wine. Try from 2020. ~93 James Suckling
The 2015 Fontenil is gorgeous. Inky blue/purplish fruit, lavender, crème de cassis, licorice, and spice fill out the wine's plush, resonant frame effortlessly. Racy and yet also wonderfully nuanced, the 2015 is a superb Fontenil. Drink it over the next decade. Tasted two times. ~92 Antonio Galloni
The 2015 Fontenil is deep garnet-purple in color with crushed red and black currants, black cherries, and mulberries notions with an earthy undercurrent of underbrush and truffles plus a waft of tilled soil. The medium to full-bodied palate has bags of purity and minerality with a firm frame of chewy tannins and lively acid line lifting the youthful fruit to a long finish. This should age beautifully! ~91 Robert Parker
From the home estate of Michel and Dany Rolland, the 2015 Fontenil is an elegant, fresh, medium-bodied Fronsac excelling on its purity and finesse. Displaying beautiful notes of black fruits, plums, leafy herbs, and hints of lead pencil, it has integrated acidity, ripe, moderate tannin, and an impeccably balanced profile that will keep it drinking nicely for at least a decade. ~91 Jeb Dunnuck
Solid, with a core of steeped plum and black currant fruit that melds nicely with singed alder and smoldering tobacco notes. Light chalky minerality hangs on the finish, giving this cut and length. Merlot. Drink now through 2025. 3,516 cases made, 500 cases imported. ~91 Wine Spectator
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