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Chateau Magrez Fombrauge 2018

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Blend: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc

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JS 96
James Suckling

Blackberry and blueberry on the nose, as well as notes of bay leaf and tar. Full-bodied with a savory, juicy texture, supported by elegant tannins. It shows great balance and freshness already. Flavorful finish with serious length. Try after 2024.

JD 96
Jeb Dunnuck
One of the original Saint-Émilion garage wines, the tiny production 2018 Château Magrez Fombrauge (the blend is normally 60-80% Merlot with the balance Cabernet Franc, brought up in new barrels) is another awesome wine that packs incredible richness and depth yet stays light and seamless. Its deep purple color is followed by a mammoth-sized bouquet of black fruits, scorched earth, chocolate, and smoky minerality. Deep, full-bodied, incredibly sexy and textured on the palate, with sweet tannins, it’s certainly not for those craving lightweight aromas and flavors but is a brilliant wine in the making. It’s going to take 4-5 years of bottle age (or more) to shed some baby fat, but it should age for 2+ decades.
Barrel Sample: 94-96+
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Features a solid core of dark plum and blackberry compote flavors, liberally laced with black licorice notes. The frankly toasty finish needs to harmonize a bit more.
Barrel Sample: 89-92
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Chateau Magrez Fombrauge

Chateau Magrez Fombrauge

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Chateau Magrez Fombrauge, France
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Situated on the archaeological site of Niord in Saint Etienne de Lisse, numerous remains dating back to the 5th century B.C. have been discovered in this vineyard, including a more than 2,500 year old skeleton which has recently been unearthed on the estate.

The plot-by-plot selection, the age of the vines, the specific orientation of the vine rows, the proportions of grape varieties used and the control over vigor of the vines all give this cuvee its special quality. The grapes are hand-picked. A team of 80 people de-stem them, again by hand, one by one.

As production is intentionally very low, vinification is conducted in small vats. All winery operations are performed using the gravity feed technique.

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Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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