Going up in the range, let's now switch to the "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé" and the 2011 vintage - perfect to drink now. Fonroque is an all-time classic, the estate where the Moueix family started it all - they now own Château Petrus and over 10 other estates in Bordeaux. The family has always been dedicated to Château Fonroque and invested a lot into it. This 2011 offers an expressive nose of flower, black fruit, olive and truffle. Palate is highly elegant with a supple structure and a superb balance, and tannins are well integrated. Below £30, this is an absolute must-drink.
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|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
Dry Red wine
15% Cabernet Franc
from now to 2023
1 hour before
Beef bourguignon, matured cheese
Clay and limestone
35 years old
18 months in French oak barrels (50% new)
|What experts say|
Commended at Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 "Evolving aromas of plums and blackberry lead to a supple and rounded palate."
88/100 "An attractive combination of black cherries, black currants, spice box and earth jump from the glassof this dark plum/ruby/purple-tinged wine. Medium-bodied, pure and savory with sweet tannins, this offering from a biodynamic farmed vineyard exhibits good purity and depth. It should age easily for 10-15 years."
16/20 "Tasted blind. Lively crimson. Transparent and much less extracted than most. A little sour on the end but not so massively so."
88/100 "This takes an elegant approach, with a light dusty frame to the core of damson plum, steeped cherry and lightly singed sandalwood notes. An iron accent crips in on the finish, lending this a subtle persistence."
16.5/20 "This wine has a real potential to develop thanks to nice red fruit and cherry aromas and a mineral structure. A subtle wine waiting to explode."