Michel Rolland's original plan was to purchase a house on Bordeaux's right bank, but fate had a different path for him. Captivated by the charm of Chateau Fontenil and its vines, Rolland made the decision to transform the estate into a producer of top-tier wines. Over a span of nearly 13 years, he dedicated himself to the renovation and revitalization of the property. In a historic moment in 2019, Chateau Fontenil made waves as the first estate in Fronsac to introduce a white Bordeaux to its portfolio.
Today, Chateau Fontenil stands as a remarkable gem in Michel Rolland's prestigious portfolio, consistently earning critical acclaim and enchanting Bordeaux enthusiasts globally. Now, it's your opportunity to uncover another masterpiece from the Rolland Rolodex.
With 11 hectares of vines boasting an average age of nearly 45 years, the estate predominantly cultivates Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The meticulous winemaking process involves fermentation in small wooden and steel vats, incorporating a touch of whole cluster fermentation. The wines are then aged in 100% French oak, with a significant 60% new oak influence.
Experience the culmination of this craftsmanship through the aging process of 15 to 18 months in 100% (60% new) French oak barrels. The resulting red wine, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, offers a unique and delightful expression that reflects the dedication and passion behind every bottle.
"Aromas of impeccably ripe cassis, blackberries and dark cherries. Very fruit-focused nose. The palate has a suave array of layered tannins that carry dark-cherry and blueberry flavors. Really pure wine. Try from 2020."
"The 2015 Fontenil is gorgeous. Inky blue/purplish fruit, lavender, crème de cassis, licorice and spice fill out the wine's plush, resonant frame effortlessly. Racy and yet also wonderfully nuanced, the 2015 is a superb Fontenil. Drink it over the next decade. Tasted two times."