`Another impressive Fronsac, Villars’ 2010 possesses an extra level of concentration as well as a dense purple color, hints of graphite, spring flowers, blue and black fruits, good tannin, sweet fruit and a lingering finish. It should drink well for a decade or more. 90-92/100`. - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #194.
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