77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon in this full-bodied and jammy wine. Letting it rest for a couple more years will iron out some of the remaining harsh tannins.
Since 1999 Chateau Fombrauge has been a small piece of the empire of the entrepreneur, Bernard Magrez, but significant as one of the Bordeaux Grand Cru estates under his management; classified in 2012. Historical documents mention Fombrauge in the late fifteenth century but was not recognised for producing wine. Eventually, in 1760, it became the site of a school of agriculture, something which benefited the vineyards greatly, seeing modern winemaking practices being exercised on its grounds. During the French Revolution, the owner was guillotined and the property was nationalised for fourteen years between 1794 and 1808 until the deceased's children claimed it back. In 1867, Chateau Fombrauge would receive a gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris, marking the start of a new golden age for the estate.
Another wine from Bernard Magrez, his 2005 Fombrauge (77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon from the largest vineyard in St.-Emilion) is special. More tannic and backward than usual, and much more masculine and bigger-boned, this is a full-bodied, textured and rich wine that should hit its prime in another 4-5 years, and last 15-20. It is a stunning effort from Fombrauge that has still not attained full maturity.
Deep red-ruby. Aromas of raspberry, smoked meat, mocha and marzipan convey an almost exotic ripeness. Fat, large-scaled and supersweet; undeniably thick and concentrated but perhaps a bit unrefined. Finishes with huge but sweet tannins. A major mouthful of wine. Fans of sheer size will rate it higher.
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