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Château Fonbadet 2016


Appellation Pauillac

Grape |70 % Cabernet sauvignon 30 % Merlot

Ageing |Vinification in temperature-controlled concrete vats. Descended in barrels in December with 40% new French oak for 16 to 18 months. (4 different coopers)

Tasting Notes |  Beautiful purple color with brilliant reflections.
Expressive on the nose with notes of blackcurrant and blackberries, sustained
with more floral and mineral notes.
The texture on the palate is elegant, suave and creamy while
being well balanced by a nice acidity giving
assembly a lot of length.

Pairing | Grilled or roasted lamb, game or strong cheeses. 

Drinking | 2024-2030. Still a little closed. You will definitely need to decanter this  bold cabernet sauv majority beauty if you want to drink it now. 

Critic notes/awards | Parker : 91/100, James Suckling : 92/100, Decanter : 91/100


To the north of the small village of Saint-Lambert, Château Fonbadet occupies a choice terroir, located between the greatest vintages of the Pauillac appellation such as Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Lynch-Bages, Châteaux Pichon Longueville Baron and Comtesse. .
It was at the end of the old regime (1789) that the archives mention a vineyard in Fonbadet.
The Peyronie family, current owner, can invoke very old winegrower roots since they were already present on the Pauillac terroir in 1700.Current Owner
: Léon family

Some two hundred years later, at the beginning of the 20th century, Mr. Pierre Peyronie's grandfather was then manager of Château Lafite-Rothschild while that of his wife Jany held the same position at Château Mouton-Rothschild.
From the end of the 1930s, Robert Peyronie undertook to build up a vineyard from Crus on the verge of extinction or sold at auction, such as Fonbadet and La Tour Du Roch Milon. He intensified his acquisitions of vines in the aftermath of the Second World War and gave the Fonbadet mark to his best vintages.
It was in 1963, on the death of his father, that Pierre Peyronie, the current owner, vinified his first vintage at Fonbadet.
Thereafter, he will continue to increase the size of the property by buying small plots.
It was in 1971 that Pierre Peyronie bought Château Pauillac at auction, along with its little brother Château Haut-Pauillac.

Aujourd’hui, et après plus de vingt ans aux côtés de son père Pierre Peyronie, Pascale, juriste de formation a pris la suite alliant le respect des traditions et l’utilisation de techniques modernes.

Current owner / Pascale Peyronie 

Soils: Deep Garonne gravel, gravel hilltops with a well dissected profile.

Vines: On average 35 years of age