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Le Defi de Fontenil

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2020
95
Deeply colored, you are instantly enticed by the nuances of smoke, flowers, black raspberries, licorice, and dark chocolate-covered, spicy plums. Opulent, full-bodied, luxurious and seductive, the finish builds and lingers with its layers of fruit, crushed rocks, chalk, espresso and chocolate. Drink it with a bit of age and enjoy it over the next 15-20 years. Drink from 2024-2040.

Deeply colored, you are instantly enticed by the nuances of smoke, flowers, black raspberries, licorice, and dark chocolate-covered, spicy plums. Opulent, full-bodied, luxurious and seductive, the finish builds and lingers with its layers of fruit, crushed rocks, chalk, espresso and chocolate. Drink it with a bit of age and enjoy it over the next 15-20 years. Drink from 2024-2040.

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2019
95
Quite dark in color, the wine is loaded with spice, licorice, smoke, espresso, and ripe, plums with cherries. The concentrated, luscious wine wine coats your palate with fruit, rocks and stones that comes in waves that build in intensity. The wine is fresh, long and complex with layers of sea-salt, black plums, velvet-textured tannins, dark chocolate, spice, licorice and espresso. Clearly, this is the best vintage ever of Le Defi Fontenil! Drink it with a bit of age over the next 15-20 years. Drink from 2024-2039.

Quite dark in color, the wine is loaded with spice, licorice, smoke, espresso, and ripe, plums with cherries. The concentrated, luscious wine wine coats your palate with fruit, rocks and stones that comes in waves that build in intensity. The wine is fresh, long and complex with layers of sea-salt, black plums, velvet-textured tannins, dark chocolate, spice, licorice and espresso. Clearly, this is the best vintage ever of Le Defi Fontenil! Drink it with a bit of age over the next 15-20 years. Drink from 2024-2039.

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2018
95
Inky in color, the wine coats your palate with fruit, rocks and stones. Dense, but light on its feet, which is a difficult balance to achieve, the nose is all about the flowers, licorice, black cherry and boysenberry. With dark chocolate coming in at the end, the finish keeps on going long after the wine has gone to where it was destined to go. This is the best vintage ever of Le Defi Fontenil. 94-96 Pts

Inky in color, the wine coats your palate with fruit, rocks and stones. Dense, but light on its feet, which is a difficult balance to achieve, the nose is all about the flowers, licorice, black cherry and boysenberry. With dark chocolate coming in at the end, the finish keeps on going long after the wine has gone to where it was destined to go. This is the best vintage ever of Le Defi Fontenil. 94-96 Pts

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2016
94
Still inky in color, this looks like a barrel sample. The wine is rich, lush, silky and fresh. The velvet textured finish coats your palate with perfectly ripe, silky fruit, rocks and stones. Made from 100% old vine Merlot, this is going to age quite nicely.

Still inky in color, this looks like a barrel sample. The wine is rich, lush, silky and fresh. The velvet textured finish coats your palate with perfectly ripe, silky fruit, rocks and stones. Made from 100% old vine Merlot, this is going to age quite nicely.

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Inky in color, with gobs of dark chocolate covered black raspberries, licorice, espresso and wet earth. The wine is concentrated, deep, dark, and rich. The fruit is ripe, pure and juicy, which you can really taste in the long, opulent finish. Made from 100% old vine Merlot, which varies in age from 80 to 100 years of age, this is Le Defi Fontenil yet produced by Dany Rolland and Michel Rolland. Le Defi Fontenil is not made in every vintage, it is reserved for only the top vintages.

Inky in color, with gobs of dark chocolate covered black raspberries, licorice, espresso and wet earth. The wine is concentrated, deep, dark, and rich. The fruit is ripe, pure and juicy, which you can really taste in the long, opulent finish. Made from 100% old vine Merlot, which varies in age from 80 to 100 years of age, this is Le Defi Fontenil yet produced by Dany Rolland and Michel Rolland. Le Defi Fontenil is not made in every vintage, it is reserved for only the top vintages.

1,786 Views   Tasted
2015
93
Dark in color, with layers of rich dark fruit, licorice, crushed rock, wet earth and espresso. There is freshness, length, purity of fruit and complexity in the long, round, finish. This can age and evolve for 15-20 year with out any trouble.

Dark in color, with layers of rich dark fruit, licorice, crushed rock, wet earth and espresso. There is freshness, length, purity of fruit and complexity in the long, round, finish. This can age and evolve for 15-20 year with out any trouble.

2,138 Views   Tasted
Inky in color, with loads of dark, ripe, sweet fruits, freshness, black licorice, minerality and length, finishing with loads of ripe, lush, juicy fruit. Le Defi Fontenil is only produced in the best vintages.

Inky in color, with loads of dark, ripe, sweet fruits, freshness, black licorice, minerality and length, finishing with loads of ripe, lush, juicy fruit. Le Defi Fontenil is only produced in the best vintages.

1,644 Views   Tasted