2015 Fontesteau, Haut-Medoc

SKU #1337460 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Fontesteau has a generous bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, cedar and sous bois scents that are nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, quite fine tannin, plenty of edgy red fruit and impressive delineation on the finish that shows focus and length. This is recommended. Bravo. Tasted September 2017. (NM)  (10/2017)

Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Château Fontesteau is a beautiful 2015 from vines west of Pauillac and made from roughly 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot and a splash of Cabernet Franc. Loaded with notions of red fruits (cherries, framboise), flowers and hints of cedar and vanilla, it’s medium-bodied, elegant and silky on the palate, with fine tannin. It’s an impressive wine that will keep for 10-12 years.  (11/2017)

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Staff Image By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2018 | Send Email
I agree with my esteemed colleague Greg St. Clair that this wines savory character is proudly on full display here. This is a particularly strong showing for Fontesteau. This is the perfect opportunity for the uninitiated to wade into the Bordeaux waters while not spending too much money or getting a wine that needs 10+ years in the cellar. The wine is well-balanced and can hold a light chill making it a summer-time sipping Bordeaux. Don’t over think this wine; it’s delicious, it’s accessible now, and would pair perfectly with a cheeseburger off the grill. This is my kind of Bordeaux.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this wine shows more earthy savory character than bold fruit. On the palate the wine has superb richness, very supple and round and I find it surprising (and refreshing) that it isn't more fruity. Powerful yet balanced this 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot blend really shows power. The flavors are forest floor, and show a bit of dusty tannin but this is a drinkable wine with a good future. This is your Steak/Frites wine for a Friday night, and I'd go Belgian on the Frites....that means Mayonnaise.
Drink from 2018 to 2025

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2018 | Send Email
I was super impressed by this almost half and half blend of Cab Sauv and Merlot. It is showing quite lovely now, with nice structure, a clean finish, and rich deep fruit. I am already a fan of the 2015 vintage from Bordeaux and this wine proves why. A classic style with a modern edge and a fantastic under-$20 find.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2018 | Send Email
A nose of savory forest underfloor and chewy oak and cedar leads to a dry palate of bistro ready Haut-Medoc. This is not showy, though it will absolutely show well at the dinner table, with fruit, tannins and savory notes all well represented and in fine balance. C'est bon.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2018 | Send Email
A perfectly aged Bordeaux, showing those beautiful developed aromatics of forest floor, olive and even a delightful note of capsicum. It is ready to go to your table. Grilled lamb with Haricot vert followed by some aged Mimolette and you will be in heaven, for a penny less than $20!

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2018 | Send Email
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We skipped from the 1998 to this vintage. Both wines are great--maybe they make great wines every 20 years? This is sweet and sexy.
Drink from 2018 to 2028

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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