A charming, rich and suave red from one of the most imposing châteaux on Bordeaux's right bank, overlooking the Dordogne river. Fronsac was once better known than its neighbour Pomerol, and this is a lovely, mature blend of 85% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 1% Malbec. Xavier Buffo, the MD, was once a vineyard consultant for us in the early days of our time at Bauduc and it's no surprise he's making such good wines from an undervalued appellation. 40% of this wine was aged in new French oak barrels, 60% in one-year old oak.
If you were to visit the estate, and no doubt take a tour of the impressive, vast underground cellars, you'd be paying as much for this wine at the cellar door. Drink this 2012 - a lush, soft vintage but with enough backbone - now or over the next 2-3 years. Decant if possible. 14% vol.
Do have a quick glance at the small selection of photos below.
- pics at the Chateau