2010 Fombrauge, St-Emilion

SKU #1128639 92 points James Suckling

 Soft red fruit and fresh coffee. Some chocolate and spice. Beautifully textured fruit on the palate with a bright acidity and velvety tannins. Very long and smooth finish. So enjoyable already. Best ever from here? Better in 2015.  (2/ 2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This has a really nice graphite frame that drives the core of fig, plum and boysenberry fruit authoritatively, with dense ganache, espresso and tar on the finish. The grip is keeping things tight now, but this should meld in the cellar, as the underlying feel is energetic. Best from 2015 through 2025  (3/ 2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is one of the better, more supple Fombrauge wines to date, with a better integration of toasty oak than I have usually seen at this stage of this wine’s development. The grapes were picked late, with the harvest finishing on October 22, and that has given the wine wonderful ripeness and plenty of chocolaty espresso notes intermixed with incense, black cherries and black currants. The oak is subtle, and the wine full-bodied, attractive, deep, round and generous. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. This significant estate in St.-Emilion, with one of the biggest, if not the largest, vineyards in Bordeaux, has produced a wine composed of 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.  (2/ 2013)

88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good fully saturated ruby. Aromas of cassis, licorice, vanilla and black pepper. Supple and sweet but serious, with a slightly medicinal edge to the flavors of cassis, tobacco, cedar and woodsmoke. The dense, persistent finish features creamy tannins. A bigger, oakier wine than the regular Fombrauge, but more gently extracted than in the past.  (6/ 2011)

K&L Notes

From K&L co-owner Clyde Beffa: "We tasted this wine on our 2012 April trip to Bordeaux and fell in love with it. So delicious. Ralph, Trey, Alex, and I all agree. Elegance personified."

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By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/21/2014  | Send Email
The person responsible for the great wines from Chateau Pape-Clement also brings you this over-achieving St-Emilion bargain. There are plenty of toasty espresso roast aromas and flavors to go with the copious dark fruit buried in the velvety body of this serious wine. The tannins are almost buried under fruit and the dark and brooding nature is lifted by a wonderful sense or elegance and balance.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion