Wine Cellar Insider: "Salty, mineral-edged plums, soft, round tannins and a blast of spicy cherries along with a touch of refreshing mint-leaf on the mid-palate that you also find nuances of in the finish. You can enjoy this on release for its fruit and freshness. Drink from 2023-2032."
Suckling: "Blackberry and orange peel. Medium body with fine tannins that integrate nicely into the wine and provide finesse and energy."
Galloni: "The 2021 Fontenil is a bright, punchy wine. Vibrant acids and sweet, lifted aromatics are some of the signatures. In 2021, Fontenil isn't as overt or rich as it can be, but that's hardly an issue. I have to say, I very much like this more nuanced, energetic style."
Falstaff: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Kräuter, ein Hauch von Wacholder, Lakritze, schwarze Beerenfrucht, ein Hauch von Nougat. Saftig, gute Komplexität, etwas Feigen, mineralisch, reife Tannine, schokoladig im Abgang, ein feinwürziger Speisenbegleiter."
Decanter: "Dried herbs, dried flowers, eucalyptus and black cherries on the nose - such aromatic complexity and a marker of a year where grapes slowly ripened to full maturity. Smooth and round, yet also softly chewy and mouthfilling with a sense of forward motion and drive. There is power here, but it's not weighty, rather the freshness and high acid is to the fore giving brightness and vivacity with touches of bramble, clove and cedar on the finish. Pure, stoney and saltiness on the finish which brings you to the terroir. Such a long finish with lingering aromas of perfumed cherries. A great effort this year. Michel Rolland consultancy."
Chateau Fontenil, 11 Lieu-dti Cardeneau, 33141 Saillans, Frankreich