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Chateau Fontenil

Chateau Fontenil


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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.

SO, IN 1986, THEY ACQUIRED A FEW HECTARES IN THE COMMUNE OF SAILLANS, WHICH THEY CALLED CHÂTEAU 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 ORGANISED, 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 LIBOURNE. THIS MAGNIFICENT SETTING FRAMES AN ESTATE WHOSE WINES ARE AMONG THOSE WHICH HAVE ENHANCED THE REPUTATION OF THE FRONSAC APPELLATION.

UPC: 087752022382
Dark, almost saturated ruby red towards royal purple. On the nose, powerful aromas of ripe black cherries, strawberry jam, cinnamon, green foliage, sweet spices as well as toasted oak. Full-bodied, massively extracted with a rich, velvety, almost chewable texture. On the palate, jammy strawberries and black cherries, followed by layers of sweet spices and herbs, glycerin, licorice, nutmeg, cinnamon stick, medium acidity, sweet tobacco with very subtle hints of earth leading to a mouthful of vanilla as well as firm, searing tannins on the long and concentrated finish.