- Nick's Import
2015 Chateau Fontenil
The 2015 Fontenil has a high-toned bouquet, showing some reduction that needed rigorous swirling of the glass to shake off, plenty of kirsch and cassis notes lying underneath. The palate is sweet and chewy in the entry, fat in the mouth with plenty of sucrosity, though I find the finish missing the finesse and detail of some of its peers. Difficult to work this Fronsac out at the moment, but hopefully it will come good by the time in bottle.
Neal Martin - eRobertParker.com #224 (Apr 2016)
This is a well-focused wine in the making, with streamlined red currant and bitter plum fruit laid out nicely over a chalky spine, giving way to a singed tobacco note on the finish.
J.M. - Wine Spectator
Michel Rolland's property and one of his best yet. Spice and dark fruit notes and a sumptuous texture. Tannins are plentiful but really fine. Freshness and length on the finish. Harmonious.
This is very dense and super silky, ripe tannins. Full and beautiful. Lots of wet earth, asphalt and blueberry character. One of best ever. Pure merlot.
A real powerhouse, the 2015 Fontenil exudes power, richness and intensity. Dark blue and purplish hued fruits, violets, lavender, mint and sweet spices are fused together in a deep, beautifully resonant wine endowed with class and personality. This is a superb vintage for the Fontenil.