Château Fonbadet 2016 - A.O.C Pauillac
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Aged in 50% new French oak barrels and blended of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Fonbadet offers up expressive notions of warm plums, blackberries and kirsch plus unsmoked cigars and spice cake scents with a waft of dusty soil. Medium-bodied and laden with juicy black fruits plus loads of spicy accents, it has a finely grained, approachable texture and great length.
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This solid wine is endowed with great fruit. Juicy and perfumed, its black currant flavors are lifted into the realm of deliciousness by crisp, lively acidity. At the same time, the tannins suggest long-term potential for this fine wine.
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Refined with lovely finesse and polish. Medium body and ultra-fine tannins. All about balance. Remake of the 2015.
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A great wine, with well judged extraction that is tight without being rustic. It takes you right up to the edge and could perhaps have let in a little more juice on the finish, but I love the complexity on the nose, the cassis and menthol on the finish and the brushing of Petit Verdot spice. This is a recent change to a Michel Rolland consultation, overseen by Julien Viaud for the past two years. 33% new oak following vinification in cement, from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
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The 2016 Fonbadet is soft and supple, featuring succulent red/bluish-hued berry fruits that are nicely pushed forward. Silky and pliant, the 2016 offers tons of near- and medium-term appeal. Although not especially complex, the 2016 is absolutely delicious. Michel Rolland is the consultant. Tasted two times.
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Deep in color, the wine serves up its blend of cedar, smoke, tobacco, spearmint, cassis and blackberry readily. The wine is full bodied, powerful and long, with roundness to the tannins and length that does not quit. Leave this in the cellar for 7-9 years and enjoy it for the next 10-15 or 20 years after that!
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The nature of the geological base of the terroir of the first two historic Crus Classés of Pauillac, Latour and Lafite-Rothschild, is therefore very different, serious Mindel II for Latour and severe Mindel I for Lafite-Rothschild. In this ensemble, the northern part of the Château Fonbadet terroir is adjoining Château Mouton Rothschild, the central part near Pauillac adjoins Château Lynch Bages, and the southern part is bordered by Château Latour and Château Pichon Baron de Longueville. 

The 20 hectares of Château Fonbadet vineyard benefit from traditional grape varieties in the Médoc, with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and a further 5% Petit Verdot and Malbec.  In Fonbadet, the harvest is done in the tradition: by hand. The duration of the harvest varies according to the degree of maturity of the different grape varieties. It can range from 15 days to a month. A troop of about fifty pickers, faithful to the cru for the majority, begins by returning first the merlots, then the cabernets and finally the small verdots. 

Eric Boissenot, in association with Pascale Peyronie, proceeds to this difficult but nevertheless fascinating and fantastic adventure of the final assembly. The descent into barrels will be done later to a barrel park renewed with 50% of new wood. With this rotation to two years, the estate retains at best the original identity of its great terroir and its old vines. The passage in barrels, lasting a maximum of 18 months, will give roundness, silky and elegance to the wines of Château Fonbadet.


20 hectares (divided into 3 separate entities: 4 hectares around the property adjoining Château Latour and Pichon Comtesse, 3 hectares in the center of Pauillac alongside Lynch Bages and 13 hectares north of the appellation surrounded by the vineyard of Mouton Rothschild)

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Fonbadet
  • Type of wine
    Non Classified
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    20 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    50 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    50% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2023 and 2036
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Non Classified) from Pauillac is made with a vineyard that has an area of 20 hectares by Château Fonbadet. The average age of the vines is 50 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 18 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 50% of new barrels.


The Pauillac appellation is located on the left bank of the Gironde and brings together exceptional climatic and geological conditions, which allows it to produce very great wines. Capital of the Médoc viticole, the port city of Pauillac gave its name to the appellation. The AOC can boast of having three wines in the first five classified growths of 1855: Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. On its 1,200 ha of vines, Pauillac produces 54,000 hl of red wines each year. Note that Mouton-Rothschild also produces a white wine.
Pauillac is a jewel of the Médoc, it indeed has 18 classified growths which represent 85% of its production. Perched on a beautiful rump of gravels, its terroir is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon assembled with Merlot and to a lesser extent with Petit Verdot and Malbec.