A solid red for the vintage with dark berries, dark chocolate and some crushed-stone character. Medium body, a pretty core of fruit and a clean finish.
James SucklingScore: 91-92/100
The 2017 Fontenil is well defined, and quite focused compared to the previous two vintages. It has a rather conservative bouquet that nevertheless has fine intensity with attractive black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, just a nagging green vein towards the second half that just discombobulates the finish and lingers unwanted on the aftertaste. That may dissipate during the élevage – we will see.
Neal MartinScore: 89-91/100Drink 2022-2045
Black as the ace of spades. Black and dense but not lacking freshness. Dark with some oaky char and the tannins are fine. Perhaps a little bit too strongly built for the depth of fruit? (JH)
Jancis Robinson MWScore: 16/20Drink Drink2024-2030
The 2017 Fontenil is deep garnet-purple in color and sports warm blackberries, cassis and plums notes with an earthy background and a waft of baking spices. Medium-bodied with soft tannins and refreshing acidity, it has plenty of juicy fruit and good length. Apr 2018, www.robertparker.com
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine AdvocateScore: 88-90/100