Chateau Fonreaud, a Listrac-Medoc producer which as been owned by the Chanfreau family since 1962, sees the 2018 vintage just presented to the wine trade as `more concentrated' than the 2015s and 2016s which have set the recent benchmark for quality.
Cellars at Chateau Fonreaud, Listrac-Medoc. Photo: Guy Collins
`It's denser, richer, a very beautiful vintage,' Commercial Director Luc Chanfreau said during a tasting at the property of wider wines from across the appellation and neighbouring Moulis-en-Medoc, held under the auspices of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux.
The vineyard suffered some mildew damage, as did many in the wider region, with yields reduced to about 39 hectoliters per hectare from a more normal 45 hectoliters, according to Chanfreau. The blend is 48 percent cabernet sauvignon, 48 percent merlot and 4 percent petit verdot.
Chanfreau said the concentration in the wine came from the small size of the berries at harvest, and put the vintage `between 2009 and 2010' in terms of style and quality. Those two years, along with 2005, 2015 and 2016 are cited by critics as the best so far of the past two decades.