Vines have been grown at Fontenille since the 13th century and a pilgrimage...
route, protected by UNESCO, runs through the vineyards to the neighbouring Abbaye de la Sauve Majeure, whose monks tended the vines for hundreds of years. Stéphane Defraine bought the property in 1989 and has gradually renovated the buildings and replanted and extended the vineyards. He now owns 42 hectares, of which 12 hectares are white wine varieties and 30 are red. The wines represent excellent value, with considerably more weight, interest and purity of fruit than other examples at this price.
The gravel/clay, free-draining soils of the Fontenille vineyards and the high winds that keep the grapes healthy contribute to some of the purest wines that Bordeaux can produce. The vineyards are situated at an altitude of 110 metres above sea level in the Entre-Deux-Mers region between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers.
2015 experienced ideal weather conditions; June was warm, dry and sunny resulting in excellent flowering conditions. August and September were dry and not too hot with cool nights, enabling the grape varieties to ripen fully. Good weather during harvest made it possible to wait for the ideal ripeness before picking.
The grapes were destemmed and crushed before undergoing fermentation at 25°C in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The varieties were vinified separately and 50% was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, one third of which were new. The other 50% aged in vats. The wine was then blended and bottled.
This wine has a youthful ruby colour. Elegant and round on the palate with lingering berry fruit, it is well-structured and full bodied. With the characteristic smoky, cigar-box typical of good red Bordeaux, this netherless has an approachable, modern style.
|Grape varieties||80% Merlot
20% Cabernet Sauvignon
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