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Chateau Fontenil Fronsac Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau Fontenil Fronsac, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Fontenil, located in the Fronsac appellation in the Right Bank of Bordeaux was purchased by Michel and Danny Rolland in 1986.  The Rolland’s spent the next 13 years on a project to completely modernize and rebuild the entire Fronsac estate of Chateau Fontenil from top to bottom. This included renovating the chateau, the winery and all its wine making facilities. Their work at Chateau Fontenil also required them to replant a massive part of their vineyards. 

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The wine of Chateau Fontenil is vinified in a combination of small, temperature controlled, wood and stainless steel vats. Starting in 2010, 20% of the production is now being whole cluster fermented. The fruit that is whole cluster fermented is vinified in barrel. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in 60% new, French oak barrels. Chateau Fontenil is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels.

The 9 hectare Chateau Fontenil Bordeaux vineyard is situated on clay and limestone soils in the Fronsac appellation. The vineyard is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines are old. In fact, most of the vines are close to 40 years of age. On average, the chateau produces close to 3,500 cases of Chateau Fontenil Bordeaux wine per year. There is a second wine, Filet Rouge. Aside from their Fronsac property Chateau Fontenil, Michel Rolland and Dany Rolland also own and produce Rolland Maillet, Bertineau St Vincent and Grande Clotte Blanc.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Fontenil

    1. Black raspberry, flowers, fennel and oak in character, the dark chocolate and cherry dominated wine is easy to like and even easier to drink. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Fontenil

    1. Oak, black and red fruits with fleshy textures and sweet, jammy cherries are found in this Michel and Dany Rolland-owned wine. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Fontenil

    1. From 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, this simple, but fun, round Merlot will be a pleasure to enjoy young. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Fontenil

    1. A great example of Bordeaux value wines at its best. Lots of plush, plum, sweet, ripe, black raspberries, plum, espresso bean, earth and cocoa notes, round tannins and a sweet, chocolately black cherry finish that is already fun to drink.

      90 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Fontenil

    1. Blending mostly Merlot with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon produced a dark colored wine with blackberry, blueberry, vanilla, cocoa, jam and earthy scents. In the mouth, the wine is supple, forward and ends with round textured, jammy black cherry and plum. 2009 Fontenil can be enjoyed now, or aged for 5 - 8 years.

      91 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château Fontenil

    1. Licorice, espresso, spice and black cherry scents, medium/full bodied with a soft textured, fennel covered, black cherry and vanilla finish.

      88 points - Tasted
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  7. 2005 Château Fontenil

    1. Filled with fresh herbs and juicy plums, this soft textured wine is open and giving a lot of pleasure today with its supple, red berry personality. I'd drink this sooner than later.

      88 points - Tasted
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    2. With aromas of black licorice, black raspberries, dark cherry, coffee, stone and chocolate, this round, soft, sweet Bordeaux wine is already showing well. From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine ends with supple textures a long, chocolate covered black raspberry finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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