A Cru Bourgeois Superior, Chateau Foneaud exemplifies a typical Medoc style, classic and distinguished, which has earned the property a seat alongside the greatest names in the Listrac-Medoc appellation, on the Left Bank of the Bordeaux region.
Spread over a vineyard of 32 hectares, all in one piece, the estate grows the typical grape varieties of the Medoc (49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot). Chateau Fonreaud enjoys an exceptional terroir of a mosaic of soils - Pyrenean gravel on limestone subsoil. All the richness of this terroir, combined with the inclination of the slopes, ensures a perfect ripeness of the grapes. The vineyards are managed with the utmost respect for the environment, by the guidelines of the Terra Vitis certification.
Though the frost at the end of April 2017 did not spare the vineyard of Chateau Fonreaud, the greatest terroirs were fortunately preserved.
The First Wine of the property, the Chateau Fonreaud 2017 rewards the constant effort of the team throughout the year, especially in the vineyards. The wine also expresses the careful technical process of the vinifications, conducted with the utmost care.
The alcoholic fermentation has revealed a beautiful expression of fruit. The Chateau Fonreaud 2017 showcases the authentic nature of its terroir of origin. The wine presents the beautiful and dense color of grapes harvested the peak of ripeness, full of anthocyanins. The freshness of the aromatic palette leads to a palate with a beautiful structure, in which the tannins blend perfectly and the oak does not overshadow the juicy fruit. A nice vintage for this reference of the Listrac-Medoc appellation.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Fonreaud is sporting a lot of oak at this stage, followed up by smudged black and red fruit notes, sautéed herbs and scorched earth. The medium-bodied is a little lean and chewy with appealing herbal freshness on the finish.