A blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Carménère, the 2018 Château De Fonbel is a juicy, medium to full-bodied, elegant Saint-Émilion that has seriously good notes of black cherries, black raspberries, violets, and spice. It shows the ripe, sexy style of the vintage, but its purity of fruit and polished tannins set it apart. This is a beautiful wine and my money is on it being a best to date.
92-94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2019)
Made up of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Carménère, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Fonbel gives up spicy notes of Sichuan pepper, cinnamon stick, cloves and fenugreek with a core of warm red and black cherries, mulberries and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has wonderful freshness and a soft, creamy texture supporting the vibrant red and black fruit preserves flavors, finishing with a peppery lift.
91-93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Apr 2019)
A juicy and rich young wine with lots of fruit and density. Round and soft tannins with hints of freshness at the same time.
91-92 points, James Suckling (Apr 2019)
The 2015 de Fonbel is a gorgeous entry-level wine in the Vauthier family's range. Plush, succulent and inviting, the 2018 radiates with striking fruit density. Soft curves and silky tannins give the wine's its pure appeal. Sweet floral and spiced notes add complexity, but more than anything else, Fonbel stands out for its glorious fruit and allure. Exotic spice and black pepper notes from the Carmenère are laced into the finish I loved it.
89-92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2019)