The improbable vintage! Michel Rolland describes Chateau Fontenil's 2016 vintage as a “Great and beautiful year in all areas. An almost perfect climatic sequence. Harvests in very good conditions, with fine grapes from north to south. This is undoubtedly the most accomplished vintage since 2009 and 2010. Behind a dark purple color, exuberant aromas of wood, red fruits, black cherry, raspberry, mocha. The wine is opulent on the palate, still in the power and the tannins present but without firmness. If you like thrills, today, with game, it will be a hit; if not, in the next 20 years, it will fill you with pleasure.
93 Points - Wine Spectator Sleek in feel, with racy acidity pulling the raspberry and plum fruit along from the get-go. The chalky minerality is well-embedded on the finish. Solid. Rating: 90-93
93 Points - James Suckling Extremely perfumed and bright with raspberry, currant and dried-flower character. Full-bodied, yet soft and velvety with a flavorful finish. Already gorgeous. Better from 2022.
91+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2016 Fontenil is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and gives up exuberant red cherries, black raspberries, wild blueberries and cinnamon stick scents with hints of wild sage and forest floor. Medium-bodied, refreshing and wonderfully elegant, it has beautiful vibrancy and a perfumed finish.
90+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck The home terroir of famed consultant Michel Rolland, the 2016 Château Fontenil sports a vivid purple color to go with impressive amounts of plum and currant fruits as well as loads of tobacco leaf, cedar pencil shavings, and camphor. Medium to full-bodied, with terrific elegance and purity, it shines for its balance and is very much in the style of the 2016 vintage. It will be even better with short-term cellaring and drink well for 10-15 years.