2017 Chateau Fonbadet Pauillac

2017 Chateau Fonbadet Pauillac

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94 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
2017 Chateau Fonbadet Pauillac
94 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous

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En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2020. A "positively stellar" showing from this wildly undervalued Pauillac property. Fonbadet is located in the heart of Pauillac's most celebrated terroir, having recently exchanged three hectares of vines with Mouton Rothschild itself. Thier deep gravels ensure ideal conditions for Cabernet while, being an equal distance from the water as Lynch-Bages, the effect of frost settling was as negligible as it was in the stellar 2017 of this other famous neighbour. Lush, silky black and red Cabernet fruit wraps up tobacco and pencil lead notes in this deeply delicious and approachable gem. Classic Pauillac for a very silly price -- cellar or drink on arrival. To remove foreign exchange risk for our customers, listed prices are all up final landed cost including GST. Payment is due on invoice/order placement, with delivery in mid 2020.

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$70.00 per bottle



70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot

Its Origins

To the north of the little village of Saint-Lambert, the Château Fonbadet vineyard boasts a choice location, amidst the most reputed estates of the Pauillac Appellation, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Lynch Bages, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and Château Pichon Baron de Longueville. Fonbadet, the place that gave its name to the estate, is a typical place name in the Médoc terroir, a combination of the Gascon words meaning fountain (fon) of the little valley (badet). In the Middle Ages, the estate was part of the Château Latour domain and all the evidence dating back to that period shows that vines were planted very early on. The vineyard was subsequently owned by families whose names are still remembered by the inhabitants of the region today. At the beginning of the 19th century, it was purchased by Pierre de Gères de Loupes, son of the Lord of Camarsac, who was the Vice-Prefect of Lesparre and Justice of the Peace in Pauillac, and was then owned by the Clarke and Chancel widows at the end of the Second Empire. A century later, the other Médoc growth owned by the Clarke family, Château Clarke in Listrac, was linked to the Rothschild name. In fact, destiny was to link the Peyronie family to that legendary name on several occasions. The 20-hectare vineyard of Château Fonbadet is planted with the traditional Médoc grape varieties: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and an additional 5% Petit Verdot and Malbec. The wines are aged 18 months in barrels, with 30% new oak.

What The Critics Say

91-94/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni

"The 2017 Fonbadet is positively stellar. Plump, juicy and impeccably refined, the 2017 has so much to recommend it. Silky tannins wrap around a plush core of bright, red-toned fruit in this super-expressive inviting Pauillac. Its balance and sense of harmony are simply impeccable. Tasted three times."

93/100 Wine Cellar Insider, Jeff Leve

"Dark in color, the wine offers ripe, dark red berries, tobacco leaf, moist topsoil, thyme and smoke. Full bodied with round tannins and a polished texture, this should age nicely. Essentially, this is a special wine from the owners of Fonbadet."

92-94/100 Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss

"Barrel Sample. Dense with layers of black currant, this is a fine wine that is full of opulent tannins and rich fruit. Ample acidity cuts through the richness expressing the freshness of the vintage."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Cabernet Merlot Blend

  • Colour


  • Region


  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Maturity

    2019 - 2035

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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