In 1989 noted winemaker and owner, Stephane Defraine, purchased Chateau de Fontenille and began a massive renovation of the ch?teau and the vineyards. His passion and zeal was garnered from the history of the property going back to the 13th century.
This dedication has been rewarded many times over the last three decades with numerous accolades and gold medals from various Bordeaux competitions. Like so many other chateaux in Bordeaux, it once had a famous past and then declined and was later rescued by a man of Stephane's means and expertise.
Fontenille is in the Entres-Deux-Mers district, which translates to "between two seas" as its borders are the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. It is also between the two main growing regions in Bordeaux, the Left and Right Banks, and has always struggled to compete with its more famous neighbors. Fortunately, it is through the efforts of people like Defraine that the area is now producing some of the best wines in Bordeaux.
The chateaux consists of 121 acres of vineyards, 17 of which are planted to white varieties. This selection consists of 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% each of Sauvignon Gris (a clone of Sauvignon Blanc), Semillon and Muscadelle. The two Sauvignons provide the lovely grip finish while the Semillon and Muscadelle add the enticing white peach, pear and fig components. This is an exceptional offering and one that would complement the most demanding of dishes from an Indian shrimp curry to Hungarian paprikash.