The Fonroque estate extends over 20 hectares a few hundred meters northwest of the town of Saint-Émilion. The 17.6 hectares in one piece that make up the vineyard are spread over a plateau and a hillside facing west.
The entire commune of Saint Émilion has been eroded by the action of the Dordogne. This historicity leaves its mark and Fonroque is particularly spoiled by these geological hazards. The property presents a beautiful mosaic of three main soil types located around the village of Saint Emilion. The limestone plateau first of all, made up of fairly light soils placed on a limestone rock with starfish very rich in marine fossils. Then a clay-limestone hillside and a foothill of sandy-loamy clays it is on the limestone plateau that all the historic Premiers Grands Crus are found, except Cheval Blanc and Figeac located on the border with Pomerol. The historical and qualitative heart of Saint-Émilion is therefore this plateau which surrounds the village.
The 2014 Fonroque is an attractive, pleasing wine. Sweet red cherry, flowers, iron, smoke and chalk notes give the wine its perfumed, savory personality. It would be nice to see a little more midpalate depth, but overall, the 2014 is very nicely done. [89 points, Antonio Galloni – February 2017, vinous.com]