Thierry Gaudrie’s wines are always immaculately made, characterful Fronsacs. His 2009 is arguably his best effort to date. It possesses a modern, satin texture and real polish but equally possesses structure and all the necessary qualities to age for 10+ years. Wonderful aromas of purple berries, fine herbs, liquorice, heady liqueur fruits and cigar box. The purity of fruit on the attack is startling; this is big, juicy, full of svelte fruit with a velvety texture and a refined poise about it. There is excellent length of flavour and the tannins are sweet and balanced. A very impressive Fronsac.
Thierry Gaudrie is a larger than life character who, like his wines, displays sheer exuberance. Thierry believes that quality Fronsac can only be achieved with healthy vines so he runs his vineyard on organic principles. The Moulin Haut Villars is made from ideally located young vines, while Villars is the result of a strict selection of only the best barrels, the rest is sold in bulk to brokers.
The low hills of Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac,close to the Gironde estuary, have been producing good wine since the early 17th century, even by the beginning of the 19th century, the wines of Fronsac were much more famous than those of Pomerol on the other side of Libourne.
Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac appellations are concentrated on high limestone dominated land, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominating the plantations. After years of under achieving, the last twenty years have seen a resurgence and some great value can be found here. The wines are at the same time show the sweet and velvety side of the right bank whilst betraying a firmer more Médoc style structure