Chateau Fonbadet Pauillac, Bordeaux, Complete Guide

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Chateau Fonbadet History, Overview

Chateau Fonbadet can date its creation back to the early 1800s. Like many estates, Chateau Fonbadet found the inspiration for its name from its geographical surroundings. The fon comes from fountain and the badet is from the little valley. Fonbadet can be translated into fountain of the little valley.

Chateau Fonbadet has been owned by the Peyronie family for 4 generations. The patriarch of the Peyronie family, Pierre Peyronie, was the manager of Chateau Lafite Rothschild at the time he took over Chateau Fonbadet. The Peyrone family has a long history in the Pauillac appellation.

In fact, the family can trace their roots in the Medoc all the way back to the 1700s. During the mid-1800s, Fonbadet was owned by the Clarke family, who gave their name to Chateau Clarke, which is now owned by the Rothschild family.

Close to the end of the 1800s, the Larose family, that owned Chateau Gruaud Larose in St. Julien owned Chateau Fonbadet as well. However, today Pascale Peyronie is fully in charge of the estate and the wines have never been better.

Chateau Fonbadet Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 20-hectare vineyard of Chateau Fonbadet is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 2.5% Petit Verdot, and 2.5% Malbec.

You can divide the Chateau Fonbadet vineyard into 3 sections. The largest portion is in the north of Pauillac, where they have 13 hectares of vines. 4 hectares are situated further south, close to Chateau Pichon Baron. 3 hectares of vines are further inland, located in the center of the appellation.

The actual chateau is located off the D2, in walking distance from Chateau Lynch Bages.

The terroir is gravel and sand soils. The vines are old, with many vines at more than 50 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. They have elevated slopes that at their peak, range from 14 to 22 meters.

The vineyards are scattered in different sectors in the Pauillac appellation, with some of their vines planted in the north end of Pauillac close to Mouton Rothschild. They also have vines planted further inland, close to Chateau Lynch Bages. They also have vineyards placed closer to the southern tip of the Pauillac appellation too.

To produce the wine of Chateau Fonbadet, vinification takes place in traditional, concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine is aged in 30%, new, French oak barrels for close to 18 months. On average, close to 8,000 cases of Chateau Fonbadet are produced each year. There is a second wine, L’Harmonie de Fonbadet.

In 2014, Pascale Peyronie brought in Michel Rolland as their consultant to work with not only Chateau Fonbadet, but also Chateau Pauillac.

The best vintages of Chateau Fonbadet are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005. However, it should be noted that starting with the 2015 vintage, the quality of wine being produced at Chateau Fonbadet made a big leap forward in quality.

Chateau Pauillac

Starting with the 2015 vintage, the estate began focusing its attention on Chateau Pauillac. Chateau Pauillac comes from vines located in Saint-Lambert, in the far south of the Pauillac appellation. Pichon Baron and Chateau Latour also have vines there.

Chateau Pauillac comes from a tiny, specific 2-hectare parcel of vines that is divided into 2 blocks. The larger parcel is in St. Lambert. The smaller parcel is in the northwest of Pauillac on the Milon plateau. Due to the cooler terroir and more clay in the soils, they use that parcel for their Merlot. For Chateau Pauillac, the parcels are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.

The wine is vinified using micro-vinification techniques, meaning that the grapes were fermented entirely in barrel. The wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels.

The production is quite small, as there are not much more than 300 cases being produced here each year, from a blend that is close to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

When to Drink Chateau Fonbadet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Fonbadet can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Fonbadet is usually better with at least 6-8 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Fonbadet offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-18 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Fonbadet with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Fonbadet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Fonbadet is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Fonbadet is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

The Peyronie family owns several other small estates in the Pauillac appellation including Haut Pauillac, Padarnac, Montgrand Milon, Tour du Milon, and as we mentioned earlier, Chateau Pauillac.

Château Fonbadet Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château-Pauillac  (Pauillac) 94

Cigar box, tobacco leaf, espresso bean, black currants, smoke and savory herbs create the nose. On the palate the wine is round, lush and polished, with loads of ripe tannins, blackberries and cherries. The tannins are soft and polished, and the finish resonates with its core of sweet, ripe fruits. 93-95 Pts

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2020 Château Fonbadet  (Pauillac) 92

Juicy, crisp and fresh with firm tannins, medium-body and loads of sweet crémé de cassis, flowers, tobacco and coffee bean notes for you to enjoy. The wine is complex, and bright, with a lingering, red currant finish. Give it 5 years of age or more if can you can wait and enjoy it over the next 15-20 years with ease. 91-93 Pts

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2019 Château-Pauillac  (Pauillac) 94

Dark in color, the wine is rich, concentrated, full-bodied and fleshy. From start to finish, the wine is packed with deep, dark red fruits, chocolate, smoke, and cigar wrapper, Rich, round, fleshy and mildly polished, the wine finishes with layers of sweet, ripe, fresh currants, soft, round tannins and freshness. Drink from 2026-2047. 94 Points

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Dark in color, full-bodied, concentrated, rich and round, what you really discover here is all the ripe, fleshy, chewy, sweet dark red fruits. The tannins are soft, allowing everything to feel rounded. The fruit is ripe, long and clean, giving you a lengthy, almost polished finish. The wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. 92-94 Pts

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2019 Château Fonbadet  (Pauillac) 93

Dark black currants, espresso, smoke, tobacco leaf, cocoa and flower aromatics crowd into the perfume. On the palate the wine has depth, weight and richness, with layers of soft, vibrant, silky, dark, chewy, sweet red berries along with a touch of salt to the tannins and a hint of chocolate in the finish. I do not think you can find a better value in Pauillac today! Drink from 2025-2044. 93 Points

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Chocolate covered blackberry and cassis is the top note to the perfume here. Full-bodied, chunky, herbal, fresh and spicy, with juicy berries, chewy tannins and a fruity finish. Give it 7-9 years in the cellar before pulling a cork. The wine blends 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Merlot. 91-93 Pts

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2018 Château-Pauillac  (Pauillac) 93

Lush, fruity, round, and juicy with layers of sweet cassis, tobacco, cedar, espresso and smoke are all over the place. The wine has good concentrated, depth of flavor, soft tannins and a juicy finish. 93 Points

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With a ready, Pauillac character, you'll find density, richness and flesh. The wine shows polish and concentration with a big blast of creamy cassis in the finish. 92-94 Pts

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2018 Château Fonbadet  (Pauillac) 92

Flowers, smoke, licorice, thyme, tobacco and red fruits are readily available. Full-bodied, with layers of ripe, juicy, sweet cassis, cigar wrapper and cedar, round tannins and a juicy finish. 92 Points

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Full-bodied and loaded with dark, red berries, wet earth, forest leaf and crème de cassis, this wine has body, Pauillac character, freshness and a round finish exploding with juicy, peppery, sweet red fruits. 91-93 Pts

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2017 Château-Pauillac  (Pauillac) 93

Dark in color, the wine offers ripe, dark red berries, tobacco leaf, moist topsoil, thyme and smoke. Full bodied with round tannins and a polished texture, this should age nicely. Essentially, this is a special wine from the owners of Fonbadet. 93 Points

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2017 Château Fonbadet  (Pauillac) 91

Cedar, tobacco and crisp, bright, fresh red fruits lead off the nose. Medium bodied, soft textured, forward and easy drinking, this wine has charisma and early drinkability. 91 Points

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2016 Château-Pauillac  (Pauillac) 94

A parcel selection, the wine is deep and dark in color. Powerful, full-bodied and intense, the wine is rich, deep, fleshy and polished. Produced from a blend 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, the wine fills the mid palate and offers a finish with length, polished tannins, juicy fruits and freshness. 94 Points

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Produced from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, the wine is dark, fat , ripe, sweet, fleshy and low in acid, especially for this vintage. 91 Points

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2016 Château Fonbadet  (Pauillac) 93

Deep in color, the wine serves up its blend of cedar, smoke, tobacco, spearmint, cassis and blackberry readily. The wine is full bodied, powerful and long, with roundness to the tannins and length that does not quit. Leave this in the cellar for 7-9 years and enjoy it for the next 10-15 or 20 years after that! 93 Points

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With a fleshy, cassis, blackberry, licorice, espresso and smoke profile, there is far more richness here than usual. This is the third vintage for Michel Rolland at the property but it's the first year where you really sense a difference. If the wood integrates this will be an even better wine. 91 Points

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2015 Château Fonbadet  (Pauillac) 90

Medium bodied, forward and already showing some signs of secondary notes with its tobacco tinted, bright red fruits. The wine only needs a few years in the cellar to soften before its sweet cassis profile expands and softens. 90 Points

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Crisp red fruits, medium-bodied with a good amount of tannins and cassis in the strict finish. 86 - 88 Pts

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2014 Château Fonbadet  (Pauillac) 87

With a heady perfume of black current in the aromatics, this wine is medium-bodied, fresh, crisp and classically styled with a hearty dose of cedar in the finish. 86-88 Pts

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2012 Château Fonbadet  (Pauillac) 85

Without fault, or excitement, this easy to drink, light, Pauillac is forward and ready for near term drinking. 85 Points

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2010 Château Fonbadet  (Pauillac) 87

A lighter style of Pauillac, medium bodied, with cassis, dark berries and tobacco. With its soft tannins, this is a Pauillac to enjoy young. A few more years will add some complexity to the wine. 87 Points

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2009 Château Fonbadet  (Pauillac) 86

Light, easy to drink, affordable Pauillac without faults and a spicy, cassis and cedar personality. 86 Points

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2005 Château Fonbadet  (Pauillac) 87

Medium bodied, lighter style of Pauillac without fault, not not very interesting once past its tobacco, cassis and cranberry character. This is not a wine to age. Drink up. 87 Points

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2000 Château Fonbadet  (Pauillac) 86

Light ruby in color, this is already fully mature. Tobacco, earth and some cassis, medium bodied and a light, red fruit finish. This should be drunk up sooner than later. 86 Points

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