Fuente Fuente OpusX Reserva d'Chateau
Reserva d'Chateau
91
points
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
48 48
Tasting Note
The Fuente Fuente OpusX is a dynamo. It’s been on the market for a decade, yet the Fuente family still cannot meet the demand for the smokes, which are often sold for many times the suggested retail price. Last year, the Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona was our Cigar of the Year, which did little to diminish the demand. This year, we rated the slightly smaller Reserva d’Chateau, a 7 by 48 Churchill. Like all Fuente Fuente OpusX cigars, the Reserva d’Chateaus are a rare find, powered by a shade-grown, Cuban-seed wrapper from Chateau de la Fuente. The cigars are full bodied and brimming with complex, powerful flavors ideally suited for after a large meal. Like virtually everything crafted by Fuente, the construction is impeccable.
Size Churchill
Ring Gauge 48
Length 7"
Filler Dom. Rep.
Binder Dom. Rep.
Wrapper Dom. Rep.
Issue Cigar Aficionado – N/A
Price $12.50
Designation Top 25 of 2006 | Rank: 15
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2015 | Score: 91

There's a pleasant sweet-and-sour quality to this smoke that develops to more sophisticated notes of nutmeg, earthy spice, honey and tea.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2014 | Score: 89

Sweet and woody, this cigar has a creamy texture and burns evenly. The finish is long and tangy, leaving a Scotch-like aftertaste.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Dec 03, 2013 | Score: 89

Sweet and woody, this cigar has a creamy texture and burns evenly. The finish is long and tangy, leaving a Scotch-like aftertaste.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2012 | Score: 88

The wrapper on this Churchill is a bit coarse, but it burns and draws evenly, leaving salty, olive-like flavors on the palate before hints of dried orange peel and a faint touch of raisins. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2009 | Score: 90

There’s a reddish-brown tint to the wrapper of this cigar, which immediately comes on strong with coffee, leather and a licorice sweetness. Leather notes recur on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2000 | Score: 91

This cigar has a wrapper like well-tanned leather, with excellent oils. It smokes well, with good texture to the smoke, and it has complex, full-bodied flavors of leather, earth and sweet fruit. It's rich and spicy, and improves with each puff.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 1999 | Score: 89

A beautiful wrapper. This cigar has a core of sweet spiciness and long finish. There is hint of woodiness on the palate.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 1998 | Score: 90

A complex spiciness marks this cigar, and there is a dark sweet cocoa element on the palate. It is full-bodied, and has a sweet mineral note on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 1970 | Score: 92

Fuente Fuente OpusX is one of the most talked about, written about and sought after brands in modern cigar history. Since its inception the brand has continued to earn the fanfare with quality and consistency—they are extraordinary cigars and frequent visitors to our top 25 list. (The OpusX Double Corona was our No. 1 cigar of 2005.) The Reserva D’Chateau is a classic Churchill size, blended to the tastes of Carlos Fuente Jr., who likes his cigars strong, spicy and resonant. This cigar doesn’t disappoint. It immediately comes on strong with coffee notes and a powerful leathery flavor that refuses to leave the palate. This is the fourth Fuente-made cigar on our Top 25 list.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale