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2016 Fombrauge, St-Emilion

SKU #1435436 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (4/2017)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark There’s a very rich and powerful core of red-plum and mulberry aromas and flavors here, delivering an assertive and very shimmery, polished palate. Great tannin texture. Long and regal. Every bit as good as the 2015, but more lively in 2016. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Fombrauge has come together beautifully during its aging and is now a much more refined wine than it was from barrel. Sweet red berry fruit, mocha, espresso, mint and floral notes all grace this exquisite, mid-weight Saint-Émilion. The 2016 is simply impeccable, not to mention incredibly delicious. There is not much more to it than that. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Fombrauge sings of lively kirsch, baked black cherries and warm plums notes plus touches of potpourri, cigar box and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with decadent red and black fruit preserves, structured by velvety tannins and finishing with fantastic length. (LPB) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Big and broad in feel, with a cocoa lacing from start to finish that weaves around dark fig and blackberry preserve flavors. Roasted apple wood and tobacco notes score the finish, leaving a touch of woodsy grip echoing. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Leafy herbs, black fruits, and damp earth notes all emerge from the 2016 Château Fombrauge, which is 89% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec aged 18 months in 45% new oak. Falling under the Bernard Magrez umbrella, it's a totally charming, forward, medium to full-bodied 2016 that has notable complexity, good (not great) mid-palate depth, no hard edges, and loads of character. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years or so. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

K&L Notes

92+ points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2016 Fombrauge has a lovely bouquet of black cherries, raspberry, sandalwood and wild mint aromas, quite complex and nicely detailed and the oak neatly assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity. There is an attractive spiciness on the back palate, and the vibrant, energetic finish keeps you returning for another sip. This is very promising wine from Bernard Magrez's portfolio." (08/2020)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2020 | Send Email
This consistent property run by the owner of Chateau Pape-Clement seems to get more elegant and sophisticated with each vintage. This opens with aromas of violets, toast, ripe black cherries and a trace of licorice. The middle is filled with cherry and plum flavors that pick up a touch of spice as they linger on the long, limestone tinged finish.

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