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Chateau de Fontenille

Chateau Fontenille is located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, between the Dordogne and the Garonne rivers, and has a rich history dating back to Romans times when there was a villa on the site named Font e Melha, of which scattered remnants still remain. The property had become known as Fontemilles by 1290. The estate is on the pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela and was attached to the abbey of La Sauve Majeure, the monks of which tended the vines until the 17th century. Fast forward to 1989 when current owner Stéphane Defraine, the winemaker, bought the estate. 42 hectares are planted with the white varieties of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Gris with an average vine age of 17 years, and 32 hectares with the red Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with an average vine age of 20 years. The vineyards are planted at 105 metres above sea level on two different soil types. The white varieties are on boulbène soils which are rich in clay and silicates, and the red varieties on alluvial soils which consist of clayey gravel on limestone. The red wines are aged for 18 month, 50% in oak, and 50% in tank. These are full-bodied, characterful wines with plush bright fruit, and represent superb value for money.