Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Fonreaud offers impressive, engaging blackberry and briary scents on the nose, well defined and focused with just a slight reduction that works in its favor. The palate is medium-bodied with firm but fine tannin, plenty of spice-tinged black fruit mixed with graphite and cedar toward the structured finish. I admire the length of this Listrac and I suspect it will give many years of pleasure. Sign me up! Tasted September 2017. (NM)
The 2015 Fonréaud is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot cropped at 38Hl/Ha. It has a clean and fresh raspberry coulis, cranberry and strawberry scented bouquet with cedar and tobacco scents interwoven. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, good depth, nicely structured but not unapproachable. It feels long and tender in the mouth with a crisp saline finish. This Listrac is just as good as it was at last year's Cru Bourgeois tasting. (NM)
Ripe red fruits, delicate herbal notes and serious dry tannins make this a striking Listrac. If the finish had more to give, this would rate more highly. Drink or hold.
The 2015 Château Fonréaud is an attractive, medium-bodied, charming and fruit forward effort offering moderate amounts of sweet cherry and strawberry fruits, as well as hints of flowers. It’s a well-made, delicious Listrac to drink over the coming 7-8 years. Tasted twice.
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