Fonroque 2016

St Emilion, Grand Cru Classé

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Fonroque has quite a heady, spirituous bouquet of macerated small black cherries, blueberry and crushed violets. The medium-bodied palate offers fleshy ripe black and red fruit laced with orange peel and cedar, building confidently in the mouth toward a precise finish. Alain Moueix’s Saint-Émilion impressed in barrel and just about delivers in bottle.

Score: 93

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2021-2038 01 January 2019

The 2016 Fonroque, part of the portfolio of Alain Moueix, put in a killer performance this year. It has a lighter bouquet compared to its peers with dusky black fruit, quite tertiary and introverted at first, although it does gain more expression and vigor with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin on the entry, very refined and poised without compensating in terms of fruit. I adore the finish here, really sleek and stylish with very fine mineralité and classicism. Bravo Alain Moueix!

Score: 93 - 95

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2021-2045 28 April 2017

The 2016 Fonroque is a very pretty, easygoing wine. Spice, leather, blood orange and menthol give the 2016 a decidedly exotic profile to play off its pliant, silky personality. The 2016 will benefit from time in bottle, which should allow the tannins to soften a bit further.

Score: 89

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2021-2030 01 January 2019

The 2016 Fonroque is soft, easygoing and quite pretty, all of which will make it a good choice for drinking pretty much upon release. Succulent dark cherry and plum notes give the wine its juicy, fleshy personality. Hints of mocha, espresso, licorice and spice add layers of nuance, but this is a fruit-driven Saint-Émilion built for near- and medium-term pleasure. The only thing the 2016 lacks is a bit of persistence on the finish.

Score: 87 - 89

Antonio Galloni, 25 April 2017

The 2016 Fonroque has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and opens with black cherries, kirsch, warm blueberries and spice box scents plus hints of tobacco and pencil lead. Medium-bodied, it has a chewy line and plenty of earth-inspired flavors, finishing just a tad grippy.

Score: 95

Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2035 30 November 2018

Rich damson in colour, with a clear vibrancy to the nose. This must be one of the best ever wines from this property, combining an almost menacing depth and power with an unmistakable St-Émilion raspberry fruit ripeness, a brush of fern and violet florality and the saline lick of limestone. 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Organic and biodynamic.

Score: 93

Decanter Maturity: 2027-2040 21 April 2017

Alain Moueix consults. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Concentrated, meaty nose. Dense and robust. Dry end and very solid. Not so much juice.

Score: 16

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2024-2033 13 April 2017

This has grip and focus, with a prominent chalky edge harnessing the core of cassis and black cherry preserve flavors. Pretty spice accents through the finish. Restrained style, and solidly done.

Score: 90 - 93

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 10 April 2017