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1998 Fontesteau, Haut-Medoc SKU #1312975

Price: $17.99

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Tasting Notes

This historic château was constructed in 1277 and renovated in 1997. Its wines are deep and elegant, hand crafted with care. Grapes are sustainably grown on gravelly soil and a deep limestone base, then picked at optimum maturity and carefully sorted. Each plot is vinified separately then blended into the final wine. Fontesteau wines are capable of lasting 20+ years, so this bottling is one to dig into now while it's hitting peak maturity.

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Staff Reviews

  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    Perfectly aged and ready now! Showing that classic touch of capsicum, olives, along with an elegant woodsy, forest floor aromatics. An absolutely must for those who like aged Bordeaux.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    We had a huge pile of this in the back warehouse, not even out for display yet. I remember selling a couple bottles of it after tasting it, now we’re almost out! Come on! Where else can you find beautifully aged two-decade-old Bordeaux for under $18? It’s a classic Haut Medoc: leather, cassis, tobacco and blackberry with great depth and a long finish. ​
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a soft, gentle and earthy Old School bargain for lovers of mature, classic Medoc. Aromas of ripe Cherry fruit, potting clay and hints of truffle ease in to a long finish of forest floor and mineral. 17 years old and under $20.00!
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    For those of us who love the taste of mature claret, this is an unbelievable deal. For those who have yet to drink mature Bordeaux, this is a great example. How can they age a wine for this long and sell it for less than a dollar per year? I love this Haut Medoc for its lovely new leather, fresh earth and cassis nose and flavors, but adore it for the silky texture, integrated tannins and long finish. Wines cannot cheat time, and only long ageing brings the sort of seamlessness and elegance that is here in the Fontesteau. What a value!
    Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2023
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    I was really astonished when I saw the price of this wine. How rare a find to see a sub $20 fully mature silky classic style Bordeaux with a lovely perfumed nose, beautiful cherried fruit, notes of soft earth and leather and a lovely silky finish. All it needs is a glass and a steak! Maybe the best value in ready to drink Bordeaux in the store.
    Top Value!
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    What a delicious mature Red Bordeaux. We tasted it on our April Bordeaux trip and ordered it immediately. Red berry and cassis aromas-Lots of bottle bouquet here. Perfumey, toasty aromas. Excellent balance and fin finish. Soft and ready to drink tonight. Super value.
    Drink from 2017 to 2020


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