2016 Fombrauge, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299187 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This is a perfumed wine, likely thanks to a dollop (7%) of Cabernet Franc. It has ripe fruit characters, pleasant richness and a firm structure. (RV)  (4/2017)

93-94 points James Suckling

 Dense and fresh red with lots of blackberries, blueberries and walnuts. Hints of chocolate. Full-bodied, tight and refined yet always showing muscle.  (4/2017)

91-94 points Vinous

 Dark raspberry, black cherry, plum, chocolate, smoke, wildflowers and exotic spices are some of the many notes that infuse the 2016 Fombrauge. Ripe, powerful and voluptuous, it offers a striking interplay of intense dark fruit and aromatic freshness. The purity of the flavors is compelling. A move toward fermenting more of the juice in cement and using less new oak during aging is having a noticeable influence on the evolution of Fombrauge away from a wine of pure power and toward a Saint-Émilion that displays more finesse than in the past. (AG)  (4/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Fombrauge is a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc picked from 30 September to the 22 October, clearly more expressive on the nose compared to the 2016 Magrez-Fombrauge with attractive blackberry, raspberry coulis and cold stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, linear but fresh with a grippy, slightly tarry finish that lingers in the mouth. It needs to find a little more 'lightness' in terms of personality rather than intensity, perhaps not take itself quite so seriously. But I still find much to enjoy here and I look forward to tasting it in bottle. Tasted twice with consistent notes. (NM)  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2017 | Send Email
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Black cherry aromas and flavors. Could be their best-maybe better thean their great 2010. This wine is focused and precise. The Bernard magrez wines are very well-priced these past few years and the wines are much better balanced-not overdone at all. Bravo to their teams.
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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2017 | Send Email
I expect this to once again be one of the great values in Saint Emilion. This is filled with toasty cocoa Merlot richness in the plush middle. There is a nice chalky tension to all the chocolate infused dark fruits and the overall freshness keeps this ample wine reserved and precise. The substantial tannins are buried for now but provide excellent grip.

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- 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.


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Saint Emilion