Le Défi de Fontenil 2016 - Rolland Collection

Le Défi de Fontenil 2016 Wine of France France

100% Merlot - Limited Edition

Unlikely scenario…

A previously unseen climatic script, a trembling interpretation…Nature, you will always surprise us!

Beautiful dark crimson colour, suggestive of a very young wine. Aromas of vanilla and slightly candied red fruit notes come to the fore on the nose.

Fresh and inviting on the palate, with menthol nuances and intense, rich tannins, culminating in a lovely finish.

A wine with excellent ageing potential yet equally enjoyable as of now.

Michel Rolland

  • Original packaging : wooden case of 6 bottles
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Le Défi de Fontenil 2016 - Rolland Collection 95/100
Attractive dark fruit, floral, perfumed, violet, blackberry, fine spices, leather, mild oak. The palate is dense and silky with grainy tannin, very fine and nuanced with intense dark fruit and a long sustained finish. A wine still under the radar but certainly belonging to the elite of the right bank. Andreas Larsson
Le Défi de Fontenil 2016 - Rolland Collection 94/100
This is rich yet focused with lovely blueberries and blackberries and a hint of green tea. Medium to full body, round and easy tannins and a delicious finish.
Le Défi de Fontenil 2016 - Rolland Collection 94/100
The flagship of the home estate of famed consultant Michel Rolland, the 2016 Le Défi de Fontenil is year in, year out one of the finest Fronsacs produced. Rocking levels of cassis and blueberry fruits give way to more complex spice box, lead pencil, and tobacco nuances. Full-bodied, concentrated, and layered, with no hard edges, this is another hidden gem that never gets the recognition it deserves. It will keep for two decades.
Le Défi de Fontenil 2016 - Rolland Collection 93+/100
The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Le Defi Fontenil sings of crushed black plums, chocolate-covered cherries and raspberry tart with hints of roses, espresso, licorice and cloves plus a waft of cedar. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a great core of black fruit and loads of spicy accents, framed by grainy tannins and finishing long and earthy.
Le Défi de Fontenil 2016 - Rolland Collection 92-94/100
Inky in color, with gobs of dark chocolate covered black raspberries, licorice, espresso and wet earth. The wine is concentrated, deep, dark, and rich. The fruit is ripe, pure and juicy, which you can really taste in the long, opulent finish.
Appellation| Wine of France
Soils| Clay and limestone on "molasses" of Fronsac
Vineyard| 1,66 ha
Age of the vines| More than 80 years
Harvest| Manual grape picking and double sorting
Vinification| Vinified in new french oak barrels / malolactic fermentation in the same barrels.
Ageing| 18 months in the same barrels
First vintage| 2000