2016 Château de Fontenille Bordeaux

Region: Bordeaux, France

Variety: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Color: Ruby Red
Body: Medium Plus
Smell: Black Cherry, Blackberry
Taste: Blackberry, Black Currant
Acidity: Low
Tannin: Medium
Alcohol: 13.8% ABV

After the first taste, I was surprised to find this to be a heavily Merlot blend. The aromas and flavors are heavy on the dark berry (Blackberry/Black Cherry) side and the finish is just long enough to keep you coming back for more. 

The vineyard for this wine has been around since 1524 and is composed of clay, sand, and gravel. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel containers, followed by storage in 50% used barriques and 50% stainless steel tanks for one year before bottling.

From the winery:
“The vines of Château de Fontenille have flourished on gravel terroirs bathed in generous sun since the 13th century. Hidden among the vineyards was a pilgrimage route to the neighboring Benedictine monastery, Abbaye de la Sauve Majeure, whose monks tended to the vines for hundreds of years. With nearly 80 acres dedicated to Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, the history of this site is alive in  the gravel and clay dominated soils that contribute to the complexity of the Château de Fontenille Bordeaux Rouge. Composed of mostly Merlot, this wine is elegant, harmonious and the perfect value to share with friends.”

This is a truly enjoyable wine.