Chateau Fombrauge 2017
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
Barrel Sample: 93-95
Aromas of blackberries, mushrooms and wet earth with some bark follow through to a full body and firm, silky tannins. Some chewiness at the finish from the slightly austere tannins. But it should come around nicely with some bottle age. Better after 2021.
Rich in feel, with warm plum, cassis and raspberry compote flavors layered with singed vanilla and black licorice notes. A gloss of mocha coats the finish. A bit obvious in style but will certainly have fans. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2021 through 2030.
Falling under the Bernard Magrez umbrella, the 2017 Chateau Fombrauge is a soft, plush, sexy wine that shines in the vintage. With medium to full-bodied richness and depth as well as ripe, supple tannins, it has lots of cassis and blackberry fruits, a touch of tobacco and earth, nicely integrated oak, and outstanding length on the finish. This 2017 is already hard to resist, yet I suspect it's going to evolve beautifully for 10-15 years. Tasted twice.
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Fombrauge leaps from the glass with notes of baked cherries, plum preserves and raspberry pie plus wafts of tobacco, cedar chest and underbrush. Medium-bodied, the palate has a soft, plush texture and lovely freshness, finishing long and fragrant.
I enjoyed the Magrez wines during En Primeur in 2017, and this shows both character and confidence, if a little overwhelmed by liquorice and chocolate. Trying its absolute best against the natural austerity of the vintage. Plenty of St-Émilion typicity, and clearly constructed layers of cassis and bilberry fruit that give you no choice but to succumb. Heavy bottle. Drinking Window 2025 - 2042
Barrel Sample: 89-91
The heart of an area of 75 hectares, 52 planted to date, is beautifully situated on a limestone plateau. The vineyard possesses the three main soil profiles of Saint-Emilion, producing wines of great finesse.