Chateau Fonroque 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

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Item No. 100722
  • red wine
  • WS90
  • RP90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Winemaker's Notes

A very dark red hue with garnet tinges. The colour is deep with beautiful vividness. It is relatively expressive on the nose with aromas of blackberry, liquorice and sweet spices. The wine is rich and smooth with pleasantly plump tannin and velvety-smooth texture.?Despite tremendous concentration, the wine remains elegant and expresses the minerality of its terroir whilst preserving lovely freshness.

The finish is extremely stylish and promises good balance for ageing.

Ageing potential: between 3 and 40 years!

Critical Acclaim

"Blackberry, mineral and licorice aromas follow through to a medium-to-full body, with a silky-textured palate and a fresh, racy finish. Balanced and pretty. Hard not to drink now. Best after 2011. 6,390 cases made."
90 Points

"Alain Moueix, who farms this vineyard biodynamically, has lowered yields considerably and tamed the rustic tannins and muscular style that had been trademarks for many decades. The medium to full-bodied 2005, a blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, offers beautiful notes of kirsch liqueur, loamy soil, spice box, licorice, and roasted herbs, substantial but sweet tannin, good acidity, and a long finish. It should evolve for two decades."
90 Points

Learn About Chateau Fonroque

Chateau Fonroque is the birthplace of the Moueix family in Saint-Emilion. This property was bought in 1931 by Jean and Adele, the great grandparents of Alain Moueix, who is now director of this lovely wine estate. In 2005, as a logical progression of all the procedures undertaken by Alain Moueix and his team, biodynamic methods were implemented for the entire vineyard (started...

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Learn About St-Emilion

(saint eh-meel-YOHN) Medieval Village, Modern Wine A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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