Saint-Émilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux
Château Fonroque is the birthplace of the Moueix family in Saint-Emilion. The property was bought in 1931 by Jean and Adèle Moueix, the great grandparents of Alain Moueix, who is now director of this lovely wine estate.
When Jean and Adele's son, Jean-Antoine, died in 1979, the firm Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix (a family-owned, Libourne wine trade firm) was entrusted with the running of this estate. Alain Moueix assumed the management of the 20-hectare estate (17.6 of which under vine) in 2000 and he took the time to observe his terroir and vineyard carefully. Moueix changed Fonroque to organic in 2000 and then biodynamic in 2005.
Average vine age at Fonroque is 35 years and they grow on clay-limestone soils. The vines are 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc and production is around 56,000 bottles annually. Ageing is for 18 months with the use of 70% new oak. There is no folitering. An exceptional release of the 2010 vintage is reviewed herewith:
"The powerful and arial nose exudes aromas of blackberry and black cherry dominating. Very subtle oak notes complement the nose.
A sweetness attack introduces the mouth. Aromas of ripe and stewed fruit give volume to a mid-palate perfectly balanced by freshness. The extremely soft tannins provide a silky feel. The finish is very smooth, coated and persistently carried out by notes of minerality."