2009 Grand Cru Saint Emilion

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification Grand Cru
ABV 14.5%

Good fruit, a freshness that has been missing in many right bank wines this year. Ripe but not jammy. Silky fresh and lifted to the end.

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Clean, fresh, fruit-driven. Good value as always for early to mid-term drinking. Drink 2013-2022.

Mid crimson. Very sweet and scented and polished. But not that much savoury density. A bit tough and dry on the end. 2015-2025

A wine from the Vauthier/Ausone stable. This is 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Carmenere. Yield 46 hl/ha. A characterful nose, smoky-meaty, deep with earthy-savoury fruit. A supple character to the fruit on the palate, quite polished, a fairly solid style, with a quite moderate tannic structure, rather subtle acidity as well. Plenty of aromatic interest but I find the palate rather too soft and broad for my liking.

Made by Ausone’s proprietor, Alain Vauthier, this attractive, round, pretty wine is soft and generous, with loads of blueberry and raspberry fruit as well as hints of incense and crushed rock. It should drink well for a decade or more.


Amongst the best value wines in St Emilion is Château Fonbel. It is owned by Alain Vautier, owner of near-by Château Moulin Saint Georges and Château Ausone. The 16ha of vineyard are planted with a slightly atypical mix – there is 70% Merlot, nothing unusual for St Emilion; 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, very high for St Emilion; 7% Petit Verdot, possibly the highest percentage in St Emilion; and 3% Carmenère, possibly the highest percentage in Bordeaux.

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