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Chateau Fonbadet Pauillac 2018
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Vinous Media 94
The 2018 Fonbadet has a refined, detailed bouquet of cedar and mint-tinged black fruit that gains intensity in the glass. The oak is judiciously used, both here and on the palate, which is harmonious and silky-smooth in texture, disguising the depth and intensity of this Pauillac. Easily the finest Fonbadet I have tasted, it is a classy wine with big ambitions, and the best wine that I have encountered from this estate. Chapeau!

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Shelf Location — 92c
Size:750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol:14.5%
Closure:Cork
Store Item ID:#55436
Location at store:92c
Item Description
Vinous Media 94
The 2018 Fonbadet has a refined, detailed bouquet of cedar and mint-tinged black fruit that gains intensity in the glass. The oak is judiciously used, both here and on the palate, which is harmonious and silky-smooth in texture, disguising the depth and intensity of this Pauillac. Easily the finest Fonbadet I have tasted, it is a classy wine with big ambitions, and the best wine that I have encountered from this estate. Chapeau!

Wine Enthusiast 92
From the southern end of the Pauillac appellation, Fonbadet has illustrious neighbors such as Chteau Latour. Typically Cabernets dominate the blend, giving a powerful impetus towards aging. It's a wine that is punching above its status, with solid tannins and impressive black currant fruits. Drink from 2018.

Jeb Dunnuck 92
The 2018 Chteau Fonbadet is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend that includes 25% Merlot, all brought up in 50% new French oak. It has a closed, tight, yet promising style that carries lots of darker berry fruits, scorched earth, graphite, and mineral-like aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it's beautifully balanced and has lots of fine-grained tannins, solid mid-palate depth, and a great finish. Still holding things relatively close to its vest, it's going to benefit from 4-6 years of bottle age and keep for two decades.

Decanter 91
This really is a successful Fonbadet full of rich dark liquorice that feels extremely typical of the appellation. The tannins are present but not rustic with a sense of vibrancy and uplift through the finish alongside a quickening feeling of slate minerality. A yield of 55hl/ha suggests there was such natural ripeness in this vintage that low yields were not necessary to get this intensity of flavour. No need to wait too long to get going on this.

Wine Advocate 91
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot and aged in 50% new oak, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Fonbadet rolls effortless out of the glass with evocative scents of stewed black plums, blackcurrant cordial and chocolate-covered cherries, with wafts of cedar chest, star anise and cinnamon stick. The medium to full-bodied palate coats the mouth with spicy black fruits, supported by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing savory.

James Suckling 91
Aromas of dark fruit, herbs and some sandalwood. Its full-bodied with firm, fine tannins. Savory ending. A little in reserve and tight now. Try after 2024.
About 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.
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