2011 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||Grand Cru Classé|
Composed of 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and a tiny dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011 is a spicy, straightforward, deep plum/ruby/purple-colored effort displaying powerful tannins as well as a slight austerity. There is also plenty of creamy, rich blueberry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with hints of crushed rocks and bay leaves. It should be close to full maturity in 3-4 years and last for 12-15. Owned by Bordeaux visionary/entrepreneur deluxe, Bernard Magrez, this is still the largest vineyard in St.-Emilion. 2015 - 2030 Rating: 87-89 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2012)
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The Fombrauge ’11 seems a little light on the nose with cassis and blueberry fruit that is rather diffuse. The palate is a little peppery on the entry with fine tannins: a more feminine Fombrauge and for me, it demonstrates more composure and better balance than the Magrez-Fombrauge. The tannins on the finish are powdery but it retains admirable focus. Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2012)
Performs well in the vintage. Lovely layered fruit, a smooth texture and tannins and a fine, fresh finish. Drink 2017-2026. Rating: 16.5 www.decanter.com (Apr 2012)
Youthfully raw, with dark plum, currant and blackberry fruit still settling in, along with roasted tobacco and dark fig-bread notes. Nice bass note already. Will the treble fill in? Rating: 89-92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2012)
Very sexy tannins here with blueberry and mineral character on the palate. Full body and refined finish. Well done. Rating: 90-91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2012)
Intense purple crimson. Attractive energetic, fresh nose. Some spiciness. Very racy. Manages to lift itself above the norm. Quite transparent. Even juicy. 2016-2028 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2012)
Chateau Fombrauge is the largest St. Emilion vineyard with over 128 acres. The Bordeaux wine vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines average 30 years of age and are planted to a density of 5,600 vines per hectare. Owned by Bernard Magrez and consulted by Michel Rolland, this Right Bank property strives to produce the best Bordeaux wine possible. Cold macerations, 4-5 week fermentations in small wood vats are some of the techniques employed by the property. Close to 14,000 cases are produced in most vintages. The estate has a second wine, Le Cadran de Fombrauge which produces over 100,000 bottles of this Bordeaux wine per year.
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