2020 Fonroque (St-Emilion)

Origin
St-Emilion, Right bank, Bordeaux FRANCE
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Merlot
Farming Style
biodynamic
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
young
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Wine Score
93 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, May 2021
88-90 points, Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2021
87-89 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com, May 2021
17 points, Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, May 2021
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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

Subdued aromatics, this is attractive with raspberry flavours rippling through it and an appealing density, more old school and restrained than some, with classic balance. As it opens up, floral raspberry leaf appears in the best way, juicy and unfussy with crushed herbs and baked earth. Enjoyable, definitely not trying too hard and succeeding to charm. Certified biodynamic, Alain Moueix. A yield of 40hl/ha. 93 points

Neal Martin

The 2020 Fonroque is initially tight and backward on the nose, a feature that I have noticed on a few recent samples, so this was given 40–50 minutes to open. It reveals quite intense black cherry, black currant and raspberry fruit, a faint hint of boot polish, and later figs and fresh dates. The palate is medium-bodied with polished tannins, sweet and plush, and quite heady toward the finish, which needs a little more refinement and freshness. I find this a bit dry on the aftertaste. Maybe it will gain more finesse during élevage. 88-90 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 Fonroque gives up fragrant scents of potpourri, spice box and forest floor over a core of baked plums and boysenberries, plus a hint of anise. The medium-bodied palate has lovely freshness and soft, plush tannins, taking just a slight dip in the mid-palate and finishing a little abruptly. 87-89 points

Jancis Robinson MW

Medium-intensity purple. Quite a distinctive nose of vegetation and herbs rather than brow-beating sweet fruit – attractive. Then on the palate there`s some richness but this seems to have more elements at play than many of its peers. More transparent and expressive. Finishes decidedly dry but not drying. 17 points

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