Chateau Fonbel has a long, ancient history that dates all the way back to the times when the ancient Romans were active in St. Emilion cultivating grapes for wine. However, the modern era for Chateau Fonbel starts in 1971, when Alain Vauthier purchased the estate.

Chateau Fonbel is located at the bottom of a slope on almost flat land, not too far from Chateau Ausone, Chateau Moulin St. Georges or the picturesque village of Saint Emilion.
The 16 hectare Chateau Fonbel vineyard is planted to 70%v Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Carmenere. This planting represents the largest percentage of Carmenere in the Right Bank.

In fact, this is also one of the largest plantings of Carmenere in all of Bordeaux! Chateau Fonbel could have the highest portion of Petit Verdot in the Right Bank as 7% of their vineyard is planted to Petit Verdot. The large amount of Carmenere and Petit Verdot in the vineyards provide a unique styling to Chateau Fonbel. The actual blend is often the same as what you find planted in the vineyard at Chateau Fonbel. On average, 8,000 cases of Chateau Fonbel wine are produced every year. Chateau Fonbel is a really fine example of a Bordeaux value wine that combines character, quality and fair prices.

Tasting Note

This property is owned and managed by the Vauthier family of Château Ausone. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Fonbel—composed mainly of Merlot with splashes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère and Petit Verdot—is scented of warm black plums, blackberry preserves, tar and bay leaves with touches of scorched earth and chargrill. Medium to full-bodied with very fine, silky tannins and amazing freshness, the palate offers stacks of red and black fruits, going minerally on the long finish. [92 Points, Lisa Perroti-Brown – February 2018,]