Origin: Château Fondarzac - Bordeaux Supérieur - Appellation d'Origine Protegée
Taste guide: Medium bodied, blackberry, blackcurrant and cherry fruit flavours, unoaked
75cl - 13.5% - cork closure
Estate blended and bottled
Château Fondarzac is located on the hillsides of Entre-deux-Mers, around the town of Naujan and Postiac east of Bordeaux. The 52 hectares of the property are divided between the Fondarzac and Darzac Castles. This family vineyard was established over four hundred years ago, with the Barthe family being associated for several generations back. Since 1966 it has been managed by Stéphane and Alain Barthe. With their father Claude, a very experienced oenologist, they form an extremely efficient team of winemakers, as proven by the numerous awards received by their wines in recent years.
This Claret (Bordeaux red) features a nicely balanced blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc. Each varietal was separately harvested at peak ripeness then manuallly destemed before undertaking a high-temperature, controlled fermentation. The wines then underwent secondary malo-lactic fermentation and the various constituents were blended by their master winemaker. The resultant final wine was allowed to mature in stainless steel vats for 12 months before bottling.
This red Bordeaux is a lovely, brilliant, young colour, with a really fresh, fruity bouquet of blackberry, cherry, and cassis. It is crisp and flavourful on the palate with the continuation of berry and currant fruit. Medium bodied, its spicy, green-pepper aromas follow through in a nice, fruity aftertaste.
A Bordeaux to enjoy with white meat stews, roast chicken, cold buffets, and most medium-flavoured cheeses.
Still quite youthful and all the better for opening and allowing it to develop in a decanter.
Will also cellar well for the next few years.
Sells for up to £10.95 elsewhere - at Binendwines just £7.95. Very limited stock.