Tucked away down a long, winding drive is Château Fontesteau. Built in 1277 the château is situated in the very heart of the Haut-Médoc. A place of historic interest, it is known that King François 1st of France stayed there and a crowned salamander, the king’s symbol, decorates the front door.
Today the house is surrounded by 34 hectares of vineyards and owner Joachim ImmeInkemper, has invested heavily in both the restoration of the château and the development of the winemaking facilities. In 1997 a temperature controlled cellar was built to house the increasing numbers of new oak barrels whilst Dominique Fouin makes the most of the modern winemaking equipment including micro-oxygenation.
The dominant grape in the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
Chateau Fontesteau Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc has an explosive nose of ripe cherry and blackcurrant fruit with floral hints. Rich generous palate, tasty, full bodied, supple, well integrated tannins to the long finish.
Try with roast partridge, beef (or nut, lentil and mushroom) wellington with mushroom duxelles, beetroot risotto, confits de canard with green salad & dauphinoise potatoes or beef stew and dumplings