Wine Chateau Fontenil, Fronsac AOC, 2012
Wine dense purple almost black.
The wine has a gorgeous, fresh, well-balanced taste with hints of oak, plum and cherry, as well rounded tannins.
The aroma of wine is dominated by blackberry tones are also present other notes of dark berries, leather, toast, coffee and spices.
This superb wine make a harmonious couple venison, grilled meats and soft cheeses, as well as the steak medium rare.
"Chateau Fontenil" - wine from the collection of famous winemaker Michel Rolland, whom they say that "no one better than he can work with Merlot." This wine is glorified Fronsac!
"Chateau Fontёnil" created from traditional Bordeaux grape varieties: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Harvesting is done manually, while the optimum berries reach maturity. Harvest carefully sorted and separated from the combs, then pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks under strictly controlled temperature. After that, the wine is kept around 12 months in French oak barrels. Weather in 2009 contributed to the production of wine with a powerful, rich flavor, velvety texture and nuances of fruit.
Michel Rolland - the owner of Château Fontenil and a number of Chateau in the Bordeaux region - is a descendant of Bordeaux winemakers. He was born in Libourne in 1947. He spent his childhood in the family Chateau Le Bon Pasteur (Château Le Bon Pasteur), where his grandfather was selling wine called "Bon Pasteur". We can say that the wine in the blood of Michel, and it is not surprising that, as an adult, he learned in the agricultural lyceum Chateau La Tour Blanche, and then at the University of Bordeaux in the Faculty of Oenology.
After completing his studies at the University of Michelle joined the big enological laboratory Monsieur and Madame kid in Libourne, and in a short period of time - only three months - was their companion. Michelle visited Bordeaux estates, sharing their knowledge, but winemakers prefer to work in the old way, and the winery did not have the necessary equipment. In 1979, the family suffered a loss - Michel's father died, and he began to perform his duties in his own estate, however, do not forget about the work in the laboratory.
In 1985 he took a fateful visit to California, Californian winemakers Michel was invited to explore the possibilities of improving the capacity of the region's wines. Michel Rolland himself remembers it this way: "Like all young entrepreneurs, I wanted to travel to broaden their knowledge, but this trip was the beginning of my practice consultant, who will lead me on four continents, in more than one hundred and fifty different estates. This my path was littered with wonderful experiences, visits to vineyards and meetings with grapes in different climatic conditions and cultures. This is an exceptional adventure, professional and human! ".
Today, Michel Rolland - a legendary figure, one of the great oenologist who cooperates with 150 wineries in 17 countries. It is sometimes called "flying winemaker" - because he nearly half of its life in the flights. But otherwise, if his family owns land in France, Spain, Argentina, India and South Africa!
Wine family Michel Rolland collected under the title "Rolland Collection". Michel Rolland loves the concept of "terroir", which in his opinion, first of all, embodies the philosophy, culture and traditions, not just the characteristics of the soil and climatic conditions. Michel Rolland believes that any wine worth a try in person, without relying on crop year.