70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot
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."
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