Chateau Fombrauge 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)

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FSEC201810 UCAU
The deep ruby/purple-colored 2018 Château Fombrauge is a beauty and one of the finest examples of this cuvée to date. Smoked black fruits, tobacco, graphite, and hints of chocolate all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, rich, impressively concentrated Saint-Émilion that has ripe, sweet tannins, a layered texture, and a great finish. It's a sexy, pleasure-bent beauty that still has class and impeccable balance. Tasted twice. - Jeb Dunnuck
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  • Jeb Dunnick: 92/100 "A sexy, pleasure-bent beauty that still has class and impeccable balance."
  • Smoked black fruits, tobacco, graphite, and hints of chocolate all emerge.
  • Lisa Perrotti-Brown: 92/100 "Firm, velvety texture and plenty of freshness."
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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blueberry
    • Boysenberry
    • Herbal
  • Palate
    • Blue Fruits
    • Cassis
    • Graphite

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Vinous

    91
    "The 2018 Fombrauge looks very promising on the nose with copious black cherry and boysenberry fruit, though no signs of excess or warmth of alcohol. I appreciate the delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins, velvety smooth with ripe blackberry and raspberry finish laced with marmalade. The 40% new oak is nicely integrated here and it should age with style."
  • Jeb Dunnuck

    92
    "The deep ruby/purple-colored 2018 Château Fombrauge is a beauty and one of the finest examples of this cuvée to date. Smoked black fruits, tobacco, graphite, and hints of chocolate all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, rich, impressively concentrated Saint-Émilion that has ripe, sweet tannins, a layered texture, and a great finish. It's a sexy, pleasure-bent beauty that still has class and impeccable balance. Tasted twice."
  • Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

    92
    "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Fombrauge gives up expressive scents of Black Forest cake, blackberry compote and Morello cherries with touches of plum preserves, spice box and potpourri. Full-bodied with a firm, velvety texture and plenty of freshness, all that rich, black fruit delivers a long, spice-sparked finish."

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Locations

France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux produces some of the most highly sought after and revered wines in the world. Located close to the coast, in the south-west of France the town and is divided by the Gironde River. Wines to the west of the river are referred to as left bank, and are Cabernet dominant. To the East of the river, on the right bank Merlot is the dominant grape variety. Throughout the 57 appellations, over 10,000 wine-making châteaux grow the red grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. These are commonly blended and collectively referred to as clarets. Smaller amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is also grown in Bordeaux.

In 1855, due to the high export demands of Bordeaux wines, Emporer Napoleon III requested an official Bordeaux classification system, based on market costs of the wines at the time. The Chateaux were classified in to five ‘growths’ from first growth to fifth growth and cru Bourgois. Also in 1855 The Sauternes and Barsac classification covered the sweeter wines, with Chateau d’Yquem the only Superior First Growth, followed by Premiers Crus and Deux Deuxièmes Crus.

Saint-Emilion

Saint-Émilion is a historic, World Heritage-listed red-wine-only appellation on the right bank of the Gironde river in Bordeaux, France. A bit inland from the Atlantic Ocean, the maritime influence is not as pronounced here as it is in other sections of Bordeaux but still factors in to this cool, humid region. It’s well-suited to growing early-ripening grapes. The primary grape variety is Merlot, followed by Cabernet Franc; some châteaux also grow small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine styles can vary widely – from simple wines made for drinking in their youth to premium Grand Cru Classé – depending on location and winemaking techniques. The best expressions generally have intense, concentrated aromas and flavours of red and black plums, along with vanilla and clove notes from new oak. They are usually full-bodied, with high alcohol content and often high acidity and high tannins. They have great ageing potential, and bottle ageing will soften tannins over time. Saint-Émilion also boasts its own classification system for Premier Grand Cru Classé and Grand Cru Classé wines – a system that goes under review every 10 years.

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About the brand Château Fombrauge

Fombrauge’s history is linked to 3 families: the Canolles, the Dumas, and the Taffards.

The first mentions of Fombrauge go back about six centuries. In 1466, a horseman by the name of Jacques de Canolle, made himself master of Fombrauge after acquiring the estate.

He was a man of great learning and an important figure, who was honoured for his work as France’s paymaster general and made “bourgeois” of the city of Bordeaux. He quickly set about farming his lands and planted his first vines.

With a vineyard covering 58.60 hectares (nearly 145 acres), this unusually large surface area for Saint-Emilion brings a unique typicity to its terroir –a typicity in diversity. The diversity of its soils and the vineyard’s wide range of exposures give the wine of Fombrauge its complexity and identity.

To ensure the full expression of the estate’s rich terroir, Bernard Magrez, the owner since 1999, today combines ancestral savoir-faire with precision viticulture. The result is a sublime wine, the epitome of a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé.

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