The wine presents a pale gold color with a crisp nose of lemon and white peach aromas. A generous palate with refreshing acidity, notes of white pepper and lingering finish.
Wine Enthusiast 87 points - Rich and fruity, this wine shows warm white fruit and a touch of spice. The wine is soft, its currant and pink grapefruit flavors lifted by acidity but with a rounded finish. (Sep 2013)
Established in the 13th century, Chateau de Fontenille is located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, France between the Garonne and the Dordogne Rivers. A pilgrimage route, protected by UNESCO, runs through the vineyards to the neighboring Abbaye de la Sauve Majeure, whose monks tended the vines for hundreds of years. In 1524, the wealthy Cadouin family took over Chateau de Fontenille and is considered the founders of the property.
Stephane Defraine bought the property in 1989 and set about renovating the property and replanting the vineyards. The 121 acre estate is planted at an elevation of 360 feet on well draining granite soils with clay and silica top soils. The 79 acres of red grape vines and the 42 acres of white grape vines are on average, 17-20 years old.
|(40% Sauvignon Blanc/25% Semillon/20% Muscadelle/15% Sauvignon Gris). The fruit was cold soaked for 10-24 hours, fermented and aged on its lees.