|90-92+ THE WINEADVOCATE: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Fonbadet slowly unfurls to offer suggestions of Black Forest cake, mulberries and preserved plums with a core of blackcurrant cordial, cedar chest, pencil lead and clove oil. The palate bursts with vibrant black berry flavors accented with loads of savory nuances and backed by a solid structure of firm, grainy tannins, finishing with great length and freshness."
92 FALSTAFF: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, dezenter Ockerrand. Angenehme Edelholznote, schwarze Waldbeeren, ein Hauch von Cassis, kandierte Orangenzesten, einladendes Bukett. Saftig, reife Beerenfrucht, straffe, eingebundene Tannine, mineralisch und anhaftend, gutes Entwicklungspotenzial."
17 WEINWISSER: "Tiefes Purpurrot mit undurchsichtiger Mitte. Intensives Brombeerbouquet, dahinter dunkle Schokotrüffel und Bakkarat-Rosen. Am molligen Gaumen mit engmaschigem Tanningerüst, mürbem Extrakt und stützender Rasse. Im aromatischen Finale Pflaumenhaut, Wacholder, endet mit spürbarer Adstringenz. Der Pauillac ist dieses Jahr richtig gut gelungen!"
93 DECANTER: "Good Pauillac typicity here from the first mouthful, as the tannins step up to the plate and enrobe the savoury black fruits. Has that lovely acid backbone that Pauillac does so well, and feels like there is real architecture to hang the fruit off. Great quality from Fonbadet in this vintage, recommended. Harvest 23 to October 11. A yield of 55hl/ha. 40% new oak."
92-93 JAMES SUCKLING: "This is another beautifully crafted barrel sample with blackcurrant and mineral character. It’s medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins and a pretty finish."
92-94 ANTONIO GALLONI: " The 2019 Fonbadet is dark purple in colour. The nose is understated at first, but disarming in terms of purity with blackberry, blueberry and graphite aromas, pretty and nicely focused. The palate is fresh on the entry with a slightly grainy texture, very harmonious and bright, almost sorbet-like with fresh citrus notes towards the graphite infused finish. This is a high-quality offering from one of Pauillac´s less well-known crus, though this 2019 is potentially their best wine to date." - Neal Martin
91-93 ANTONIO GALLONI: "The 2019 Fonbadet is racy and so inviting. Plush fruit and soft contours give the 2019 a fabulous sense of immediacy. An infusion of black cherry, plum, licorice, spice and lavender wraps around the palate as this sumptuous Pauillac shows off its alluring personality. There is so much to like here."
91-93 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Chocolate covered blackberry and cassis is the top note to the perfume here. Full-bodied, chunky, herbal, fresh and spicy, with juicy berries, chewy tannins and a fruity finish. Give it 7-9 years in the cellar before pulling a cork. The wine blends 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Merlot."
92-94 JEB DUNNUCK: "This estate has been firing on all cylinders as of late, producing outstanding wines in every vintage. Beautiful crème de cassis, toasted spice, graphite, and white flower notes emerge from the 2019 Château Fonbadet. With medium to full-bodied richness, fabulous tannins, and a great finish, it´s going to be approachable with just short-term cellaring yet have 20 years or more of prime drinking."