2016 Ch. Fonreaud Listrac-Medoc

2016 Ch. Fonreaud Listrac-Medoc

93 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
2016 Ch. Fonreaud Listrac-Medoc
93 Points Parker's Wine Advocate

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Superb value from a top producer in this slightly under the radar sub-region, the Fonréaud from Listrac-Medoc is a bit of a 'sleeper'. Listrac prices are low due to the prodiminantly clay soils, which don't favour Cabernet, but the Fonréaud is a slight exception with a large single vineyard of gravels sitting above the clay subsoil. The quality in this bottle suggests the elevation here (it is the highest point in the medoc) as well as free-draining gravels over water-retaining clay must have proved a safe combination in a vintage that veered from heavy rain to contrary dry, heat-stressed conditions. Close vineyard management using the Méthode Cousinié produces a number of excellent parcels of fruit which are vinified seperately under temperature control – to further enhance fruit purity and focus– before seeing 12 months in oak. Offering a Margaux-like refinement for an ordinary Cru Bourgeois price, Fonreaud is a cellaring bargain.

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$36.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle



53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot

Its Origins

The cellars were built in the 17th century, then modified over time. The Château replaced the original farm building when then owner Henri Le Blanc de Mauvezin decided to build it in 1850. The uninterrupted vineyard has surrounded the château since the origins of the growth. Only the creation of Appellations of Origin broke it down into AOC Listrac-Médoc and AOC Moulis. The vineyard covers the highest point in the Médoc (43 m), as well as its gravel and clay-limestone slopes. The Chanfreau Family produces a Listrac, Château Fonréaud, and a Moulis, Château Chemin Royal, but also a Bordeaux white wine, Le Cygne de Fonréaud, to the delight of all lovers of great white wines. In the vineyard, the family gives pride of place to the vine plant and to its environment, in compliance with the precepts of the Cousinié Method.

What The Critics Say

91-93/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Neal Martin

"The 2016 Fonreaud is certainly a Listrac that is worth checking out. The bouquet is very well defined with supremely well-integrated oak that allows the terroir to show through. There is a subtle Margaux-like floral scent coming through. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannins and a very good backbone. This Fonreaud is one of the most precise that I have tasted and there is tangible tension all the way through to the refined finish. This Listrac has produced some very fine wines recently and this 2016 could be the best yet." Drink 2021 - 2041

17/20 Jancis Robinson MW

"Deep crimson. Rather gorgeously ripe and glossy on the nose. Very sweet black fruits on the palate followed by really quite a charge of ripe tannin. Maybe not the longest-laster, but overall well done! A delicate touch." Drink 2025 - 2038

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Cabernet Merlot Blend

  • Colour


  • Region


  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Maturity

    2021 - 2040

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with DUCK
with GAME



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