2015 Chateau Fontenil (750ml)

Merlot from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France

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2015 Bordeaux: The Good News

"First, the good news: 2015 is an extraordinary vintage for the communes of Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Fronsac, Graves and Pessac-Léognan. Growing conditions in these areas were pretty much ideal for achieving grapes of full phenolic maturity, great poise and profound signatures."

Where are the bargains in 2015?

In particular, there is a huge amount of value to be had this vintage coming out of Fronsac, Saint-Émilion (especially grand cru level), Pomerol and their satellites as well as Pessac-Léognan. Apart from the fact that they enjoyed a pretty much ideal growing season, it is clear that these ACs have not been sitting on their laurels in recent years, and the amount of effort they have invested to up their games truly shines like a beacon this year. Sommeliers, restaurateurs and beverage directors around the world should have a field day purchasing 2015 wines from these areas at very reasonable prices and in abundance. As mentioned in my style comments above and below, stylistically there is something for everyone, and the quality across these areas in 2015 is reliably consistent.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown


Aromas of impeccably ripe cassis, blackberries and dark cherries. Very fruit-focused nose. The palate has a suave array of layered tannins that carry dark-cherry and blueberry flavors. Really pure wine. Try from 2020.

93 points, James Suckling (Feb 2018)

The 2015 Fontenil is gorgeous. Inky blue/purplish fruit, lavender, crème de cassis, licorice and spice fill out the wine's plush, resonant frame effortlessly. Racy and yet also wonderfully nuanced, the 2015 is a superb Fontenil. Drink it over the next decade. Tasted two times.

92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2018)

The 2015 Fontenil is deep garnet-purple in color with crushed red and black currants, black cherries and mulberries notions with an earthy undercurrent of underbrush and truffles plus a waft of tilled soil. The medium to full-bodied palate has bags of purity and minerality with a firm frame of chewy tannins and lively acid line lifting the youthful fruit to a long finish. This should age beautifully!

91 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Feb 2018)

From the home estate of Michel and Dany Rolland, the 2015 Fontenil is an elegant, fresh, medium-bodied Fronsac excelling on its purity and finesse. Displaying beautiful notes of black fruits, plums, leafy herbs and hints of lead pencil, it has integrated acidity, ripe, moderate tannin, and an impeccably balanced profile that will keep it drinking nicely for at least a decade.

91 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Nov 2017)

Solid, with a core of steeped plum and black currant fruit that melds nicely with singed alder and smoldering tobacco notes. Light chalky minerality hangs on the finish, giving this cut and length. Merlot. Drink now through 2025. 3,516 cases made.

91 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Apr 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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