Château Fonroque Saint-Émilion Grand Vin-Grand Cru Classé 2009 Bordeaux, $43.19- $47.99, 93 points, begins with the color of black currant, crushed black berries and a transparent rim.
Black and red fruit with earth and black olive are aromatic.
The near full body has a bounty of acids and gripping tannin, though I tend to like the backbone of a more tannic red wine, something to remember when buying especially young French red wine.
Plum flavors plus those that follow the nose are balanced and very good, but the immense spice notes and trailing heat (14.5% alcohol) make for an incredibly long finish with just a touch of menthol.
Varietals are 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.
This is a straight-forward wine, it is dense and delicious, food friendly, but will drink long and cerebrally by itself; Saint-Émilion proves, once again, that it is a wine region that tends to appeal to MY palate.
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