2005 Fontenil, Fronsac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From the home estate of Dany and Michel Rolland, the 2005 Fontenil has an opaque, thick ruby/purple color. Dense plum, black cherry, blackberry and cassis fruit jump from the glass of this full-bodied, terrific Fronsac, which is one of the appellation’s stars of the vintage. Long, rich, young, and capable of lasting another 15-20 years, this is one of the candidates for Wine of the Vintage in Fronsac. This wine actually needs another several years of bottle age. (RP)
Round and fruity, with crushed black fruit and a hint of oaky vanilla. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long, balanced finish. Concentrated and rich, with lots of coffee and berry character.
Exceptionally dark. Very opulent with an enormous hit of ripe fruit on the front palate and just the merest hint of a char and drying tannins on the finish. This does split the difference between Fronsac and, actually, almost St-Émilion...the nose is lovely.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium ruby. Sappy aroma of cherry liqueur. Sweet, silky and thick, with lovely floral lift contributing to the impression of juiciness and energy. Sexy, aromatic and fruit-driven wine with terrific life for the vintage. The serious finish features firm tannins and very good length. This should age nicely. (ST)
This wine is a fantastic value for near-term enjoyment. Tons of black fruit flavors and toasty oak nuances.