2015 Fontesteau, Haut-Medoc SKU #1337460

Price: $19.99

RP 91
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  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    I agree with my esteemed colleague Greg St. Clair that this wines savory character is proudly on full display here. This is a particularly strong showing for Fontesteau. This is the perfect opportunity for the uninitiated to wade into the Bordeaux waters while not spending too much money or getting a wine that needs 10+ years in the cellar. The wine is well-balanced and can hold a light chill making it a summer-time sipping Bordeaux. Don’t over think this wine; it’s delicious, it’s accessible now, and would pair perfectly with a cheeseburger off the grill. This is my kind of Bordeaux.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine shows more earthy savory character than bold fruit. On the palate the wine has superb richness, very supple and round and I find it surprising (and refreshing) that it isn't more fruity. Powerful yet balanced this 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot blend really shows power. The flavors are forest floor, and show a bit of dusty tannin but this is a drinkable wine with a good future. This is your Steak/Frites wine for a Friday night, and I'd go Belgian on the Frites....that means Mayonnaise.
    Drink from 2018 to 2025
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    I was super impressed by this almost half and half blend of Cab Sauv and Merlot. It is showing quite lovely now, with nice structure, a clean finish, and rich deep fruit. I am already a fan of the 2015 vintage from Bordeaux and this wine proves why. A classic style with a modern edge and a fantastic under-$20 find.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    A nose of savory forest underfloor and chewy oak and cedar leads to a dry palate of bistro ready Haut-Medoc. This is not showy, though it will absolutely show well at the dinner table, with fruit, tannins and savory notes all well represented and in fine balance. C'est bon.
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    A perfectly aged Bordeaux, showing those beautiful developed aromatics of forest floor, olive and even a delightful note of capsicum. It is ready to go to your table. Grilled lamb with Haricot vert followed by some aged Mimolette and you will be in heaven, for a penny less than $20!
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    We skipped from the 1998 to this vintage. Both wines are great--maybe they make great wines every 20 years? This is sweet and sexy.
    Drink from 2018 to 2028


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