Marc Soucy - Focus on Bordeaux :
Chateau de Fontenille Bordeaux (red) 2009
Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France Grapes: 65% Merlot - 25% Cabernet Franc - 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
The Cadouin family took over Chateau de Fontenille in 1524, and started it down its path to being a quality wine producing estate. The gravel-on-clay soils that make the Medoc peninsula famous are also found on and around this Entre-Deux-Mers property, enabling it to grow Merlot and Cabernet grapes with distinctive aromatic and flavor characteristics. Forty-nine hectares (122.5 acres) are planted to the typical range of Bordeaux grapes, using manual soil tending rather than chemicals. Across Bordeaux, the 2009 vintage is known for its high levels of extraction and perceived youthful fruit-forward concentration. This wine from 2009 won the Gold Medal at the Canadian International Wine Championship in Quebec City in June 2012, and has been frequently lauded as a "best wine under $20" in numerous publications.
Marc's Tasting Notes:
The wine appears a very translucent ruby, appearing almost Burgundy-like. The light color translates into a lush series of attractive aromas and flavors. Cherries, strawberries, black currents, velvety oak, and a hint of vanilla complement the very smooth texture. Benefiting from its vintage, this particular '09 presents a different kind of ready-to-drink Bordeaux. Elegance may be too strong a word, but slightly ethereal might be appropriate. Back to Earth, though: approachable and easy to like, this 2009 fits the bill for whenever you’re in the mood for a nice red. There’s no wonder why it so often appears in articles titled Best Wines for Under $20.
FWS: Certification by the French Wine Society, Washington D.C. & Paris France