Light gold in colour. The nose is complex and pure, with aromas of citrus fruit and white peaches. Full-bodied, with fresh acidity, the palate is well balanced. The lingering finish has a pleasant pepperiness to it.
Vines have been grown at Fontenille since the 13th century. A pilgrimage route, protected by UNESCO, runs through the vineyards to the neighbouring Abbaye de la Sauve Majeure, whose monks tended the vines for hundreds of years. Stéphane Defraine bought the property in 1989 and has gradually renovated the estate. As the president of the local Syndicat, Stéphane’s passion for the Entre-Deux-Mers region is clear. The 42 hectares of vineyards (of which 30 hectares are planted to red varieties and 12 hectares to white) are situated at an altitude of 110 metres above sea level, between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. The gravelly/clay, free-draining soils and the high winds that keep the grapes healthy contribute to some of the purest wines that Bordeaux can produce.