2010 Chateau Fontenil, Fronsac (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Fronsac
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Review Score: 92JS, 91WA, 91WS, 90V
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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This is rich and round with a juicy, savory palate of crushed berries. Minerals too. Full body, with velvety tannins and a delicious finish. So delicious now but better in 2016.

92 points, James Suckling (Feb 2013)

The 2010 Fontenil displays loads of crushed rock and floral notes intermixed with raspberries, red currants and some darker fruits such as blueberries. It is medium to full-bodied, with relatively soft tannins but good acidity, ripeness and focus. It should drink nicely for at least a decade.

91 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 205 - Feb 2013)

Fresh and racy, with a very direct beam of black cherry and red currant fruit, gently laced with tobacco and sage hints that glide through the inviting finish. Not as grippy as the best, but shows lovely purity and balance, with deceptive length. Best from 2015 through 2023.

91 points, Wine Spectator (Mar 2013)

Bright, full red-ruby. Sexy nose combines raspberry, flowers, menthol and crushed rock accented by licorice and mint. Juicy, spicy and firm, with sound acidity enlivening the flavors of blueberry and licorice. Not at all overdone; in fact, a bit youthfully disjointed today owing to its acidity. Finishes fresh and persistent, with serious, dusty tannins spreading out to coat the incisors. I'd wait four or five years before pulling the cork.

90 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Jul 2013)