A round and racy red from Listrac-Medoc
Chateau Fonreaud is a cru bourgeois produced in the Listrac-Medoc appellation. The property's name is a derivative of "Royal Fountain". According to legend, the King of England would have halted Fonreaud by seeking a spring to quench his thirst. The vineyard is one parcel of land, that covers 32 hectares, is planted on limestone from the Pyrenees. The vineyard is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. The wine is matured in oak barrels (30% are new).
Chateau Fonreaud 2016 is a deep ruby color. The nose is impeccable, developing subtle aromas of red fruits and spices. The attack is full, with hints of fruit and vanilla blended into the tannins. A very velvety Listrac-Medoc.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Fonreaud is certainly a Listrac that is worth checking out. The bouquet is very well defined with supremely well-integrated oak that allows the terroir to show through. There is a subtle Margaux-like floral scent coming through. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannins and a very good backbone. This Fonreaud is one of the most precise that I have tasted and there is tangible tension all the way through to the refined finish. This Listrac has produced some very fine wines recently and this 2016 could be the best yet.