Wine Enthusiast 93
"Barrel sample. A rounded wine, its tannins submerged into the ripe fruits. It feels soft, and there is just a bite of alcohol. The structure is soft, generous, opulent"
James Suckling 90
"Aromas of blueberries and flowers, follow though to a full body, with soft and silky tannins and a juicy finish. Delicious already. Best in 2016."
Wine Spectator 88-91
"The new wood is really showing in this, and at the same time plenty of ripe fruit. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a medium finish. Tasted twice, with consistent notes".
Wine Advocate 89
"Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois 2009 tasting in London. The Fonbadet 2009 does not quite have the delineation of the Fleur Peyrabonon the nose, but there is certainly good fruit intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with a sharp entry : dark berries, bay leaf and cedar, leading to a slightly clipped finish. Maybe further bottle age will benefit this wine. Tasted September 2011."
"The Super-Star consulting enologist, Eric Boissenot, who is also the winemaker for Lafite, Latour, Mouton and Margaux (and almost all of the 2nd growths) has been brought in since the 2006 vintage." ~Winery notes
Chateau FonbadetView all from Chateau Fonbadet
To the north of the little village of Saint-Lambert, the Château Fonbadet vineyard boasts a choice location, amidst the most reputed estates of the Pauillac Appellation, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Lynch Bages, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and Château Pichon Baron de Longueville.
Fonbadet, the place that gave its name to our estate, is a typical place name in the Médoc terroir, a combination of the Gascon words meaning fountain (fon) of the little valley (badet).
In the Middle Ages, the estate was part of the Château Latour domain and all the evidence dating back to that period shows that vines were planted very early on, but it is only – if one can put it that way – at the end of the Ancien Régime that records show a structured vineyard at Fonbadet.