Chateau Fonbel (Saint Emilion) 2018
'Always one of the more accessible of the Vauthier range, this is really good in 2018. It's rich and lyrical, with lovely aromatics and great clarity to the raspberry and redcurrant flavours. It has firm but flexible tannins, and is altogether rather delicious. Touches of spice reveal themselves on the finish. Harvested 24 September to 8 October with a 30hl/ha yield. 30% new oak.' 91 Jane Anson, Decanter.
'The 2018 de Fonbel is a gorgeous entry-level wine in the Vauthier family's range. Plush, succulent and inviting, the 2018 radiates with striking fruit density. Soft curves and silky tannins give the wine's its pure appeal. Sweet floral and spiced notes add complexity, but more than anything else, Fonbel stands out for its glorious fruit and allure.' 89-92Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
'The deep garnet-purple coloured 2018 Fonbel gives up spicy notes of Sichuan pepper, cinnamon stick, cloves and fenugreek with a core of warm red and black cherries, mulberries and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has wonderful freshnessand a soft, creamy texture supporting the vibrant red and black fruit preserves flavours, finishing with a peppery lift.'
91-93 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate.
'A juicy and rich young wine with lots of fruit and density. Round and soft tannins with hints of freshness at the same time.' 91-92James Suckling.