2010 Domaine de Fontbonau Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1124207 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium garnet-purple colored, the nose is of warm berries, black cherry compote and dried Provence herb aromas with hints of cumin seed, cardamom and violets. Full, opulent and seductive on the palate, it is superbly structured with a nice acid backbone and a medium to firm level of very finely grained tannins, finishing long and spicy. Delicious now, it should develop beautifully to 2020+. (91+)  (11/ 2012)

89 points Wine Spectator

 This is weighty in feel but subtle in profile, with crushed plum, steeped anise and smoldering black tea notes laced with a whiff of singed sandalwood. Twinge of plum skin takes over on the finish.  (10/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Domaine de Fontbonau is a partnership between the president of Chateau Latour, Frédéric Engerer, and Jérôme Sarda Malet. This blend of Grenache and Syrah is sourced from vines aged 30-70 years. 15% abv.

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By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/25/2013  | Send Email
The Fontbonau CdR is made from a blend of Grenache and Syrah from 30-70 year old vines. This Southern Rhone property, co-owned by Frédéric Engerer (of Chateau Latour) and Jérôme Sarda Malet, is located between the villages of Visan and Valréas. Black fruit and spices abound, with floral rose petal on the nose and black tea tannins. This has great structure. While drinking nicely now, it'll be great for the next 10+ years.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 15