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.
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.
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.
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.
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.