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Chateau Fontenil (Futures Pre-Sale) 2021

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V 92
Vinous
The 2021 Fontenil is a bright, punchy wine. Vibrant acids and sweet, lifted aromatics are some of the signatures. In 2021, Fontenil isn't as overt or rich as it can be, but that's hardly an issue. I have to say, I very much like this more nuanced, energetic style.–Antonio Galloni
Barrel Sample: 90-92
JS 92
James Suckling
Blackberry and orange peel. Medium body with fine tannins that integrate nicely into the wine and provide finesse and energy.
Barrel Sample: 91-92
JD 91
Jeb Dunnuck

The 2021 Château Fontenil should be outstanding, with a beautiful bouquet of ripe darker cherry and cassis, followed by some background floral and violet notes. Medium-bodied on the palate, it has supple tannins, a round, delicious profile, and outstanding length. Barrel Sample : 89-91

D 90
Decanter
Dried herbs, dried flowers, eucalyptus and black cherries on the nose - such aromatic complexity and a marker of a year where grapes slowly ripened to full maturity. Smooth and round, yet also softly chewy and mouthfilling with a sense of forward motion and drive. There is power here, but it's not weighty, rather the freshness and high acid is to the fore giving brightness and vivacity with touches of bramble, clove and cedar on the finish. Pure stone and saltiness on the finish which brings you to the terroir. Such a long finish with lingering aromas of perfumed cherries. A great effort this year.
Barrel Sample: 90
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2021 Fontenil shows promise, offering up aromas of rich berry fruit, loamy soil, warm spices and creamy new oak, followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich and fleshy, generously extracted palate that's built around plenty of powdery tannin and a tangy spine of acidity. This is a strong effort that will delight admirers of the Rolland style, even in this cooler vintage. Barrel Sample: 88 - 90

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Chateau Fontenil, France
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Dany and Michel Rolland are the heirs to a solid family wine tradition. Both have degrees in oenology from the University of Bordeaux, and they know the Fronsac appellation well. Having been consultants to numerous estates in the region, they decided to set up there and make wine.

In 1986, they acquired a few hectares in the commune of Saillans, which they called chateau Fontenil, after the name of one of the plots in the vineyard. The renovation work on the installations lasted until 1999; the vinification cellars, the barrel cellar and the storage cellar were all equipped with high-performance material.

Perfectly organized, tradition remains alongside new technologies: small stainless steel and wooden vats, double sorting table, barrel stock of which 60% are renewed each year and where malolactic fermentation is carried out – yield control from pruning the vines until green harvesting- sustainable viticulture, manual harvesting plot by plot using small crates.

The vines are on a slope with a southerly aspect, looking down on the river isle – a tributary of the Dordogne – and the town of Lilbourn. This magnificent setting frames an estate whose wines are among those which have enhanced the reputation of the Fronsac appellation.

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