2009 de Fonbel, St-Emilion

SKU #1084424 91 points James Suckling

 Intense aromas of blueberries and raspberries, with hints of citrus. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a fruity finish. Refined and firm.  (2/2012)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Pretty Cabernet Franc aromas of crushed berries and some milk chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins. Long sweet fruit on the finish. (JS, Web Only-2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made by Ausone's perfectionist owner, Alain Vauthier, Fonbel is a sleeper of the vintage in 2009. Raspberry and black currant notes intermixed with incense, camphor and a note of crushed wet/rock steeliness offer up a complex set of aromatics. That is followed by a dense ruby/purple wine with excellent texture, fruit extract and an overall harmony among its various elements. (RP)  (2/2012)

Vinous

 (a blend of 65% merlot, 25% cabernet sauvig non, 7% petit verdot and 3% carmenere; aging in 30% new oak) Bright ruby-red. Coolish aromas of raspberry, black cherry and cocoa. Supple, fresh and fruit-driven, with enticing floral lift to the pliant red fruit flavors. Finishes with ripe tannins and a strong suggestion of floral merlot. Ripe but not exaggerated. (ID)  (5/2010)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2015 | Send Email
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From the Ausone producers comes this delightful Merlot based wine. Black cherry and blackberry fruits abound. Try with a big pork chop grilled.
Drink from 2015 to 2020

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion