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Château de Fonbel

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2018 Château de Fonbel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

A nose of spice, licorice and black raspberries, the wine is medium bodied with a bright character to the fruit. The tannins are ripe with a hint of chocolate and you'll really feel the addition of the spice from the Carmenere and Petit Verdot, which lends all the piquant qualities. Give this a few years to age. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Carmenere and 7% Petit Verdot. The harvest began September 29, starting with the Merlot and finishing October 15 with the Carmenere. 89-91 Pts

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2016 Château de Fonbel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Ruby in color, the wine offers a nose of smoke, thyme and spicy cherries. Medium-bodied, soft and forward, this is already charming and easy to drink with its fresh, sweet, spicy red fruit, silky tannins and fruity finish. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Carmenere and 7% Petit Verdot. Drink this on the young side.

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A nose of spice, licorice and black raspberries, the wine is medium bodied with a bright character to the fruit. The tannins are ripe, the fruit is fresh with a hint of chocolate and you really feel the addition of the Carmenere and Petit Verdot, which lends all the spicy qualities. Give this a few years to age. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Carmenere and 7% Petit Verdot. The harvest began September 29, starting with the Merlot and finishing October 15 with the Carmenere.

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2015 Château de Fonbel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Blending 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Carmenere and 5% Petit Verdot, this medium bodied, forward wine shows soft, black cherry and spicy notes with the freshness coming in at the end.

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2014 Château de Fonbel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

From a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Carmenere and 5% Petit Verdot, this wine exhibits a soft, elegant, black cherry and spicy character. 88-89 Pts

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2013 Château de Fonbel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Herbs, strawberry and spice are in the nose, followed by a medium bodied, crisp, bright cherry finish. Blended from 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot, the wine is aging in 30% new French oak. 86-88 Pts

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2012 Château de Fonbel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Blending 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Carmenere, the wine is aged in 30% new French oak. Soft in texture, with spice, cherry and herbal notes, the wine ends with spicy blackberries. 87-88 Pts

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2011 Château de Fonbel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

With the highest concentration of Petit Verdot in St. Emilion, as well as the largest plantings of Carmenere in the Right Bank, the assemblage is 63% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 7% Carmenere. The wine will be aged in 30% new oak. With spice, floral, earth and dark cherry scents, this medium-bodied wine ends with soft red berry flavors. 89-91 Pts

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2010 Château de Fonbel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Easy going, easy to like, medium bodied, soft wine with ample black raspberry and earthy notes in its character. This is not a wine built for aging. I'd drink it in its first decade of life.

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2009 Château de Fonbel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Licorice, earth, spice and fresh plum aromatics make up the perfume. On the palate, the medium bodied wine is soft in texture, finishing with fresh, sweet, ripe, blackberry. This crowd pleasing style of St. Emilion should drink well young.

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Fonbel 66% Merlot 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 7% Carmenere opened with jammy berries, licorice and floral scents. Medium bodied and soft textured, the wine ends with a licorice and sweet jammy berry finish 89-91 Pts

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2005 Château de Fonbel  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Licorice, flowers, black and red plums, spice and minerality scents are easy to find. This medium/full bodied, round textured wine is already starting to drink well.

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