A revelation, this stunning wine (also reasonably priced) has turned out to be even better than I thought. Opaque purple-colored, with gorgeous ripeness and richness, a big, sweet mid-palate, and a seamless finish revealing loads of fruit, chocolate, glycerin, and ripe tannin, this opulently-styled 2000 will have few detractors. It is hard not to be totally seduced by this effort. Kudos to proprietor Bernard Magrez and his omnipresent oenologist, Michel Rolland. Bravo! Anticipated maturity: Now-2015.
|Score: 91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
This wine is available for a song, so readers looking for delicious, well-made St.-Emilions should check it out. The 2000 has turned out to be even better than I thought last year. Opaque purple-colored, with gorgeous ripeness and richness, a big, sweet mid-palate, and a seamless finish revealing loads of fruit, glycerin, and ripe tannin, this opulently-styled 2000 will have few detractors. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2015.(90-92) points Drink 2003-2015
|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002|
A sleeper of the vintage, Fombrauge, the largest vineyard in St.-Emilion, was acquired by Bernard Magrez (the owner of Pape-Clement, La Tour-Carnet, and others properties). He also produces a super micro-cuvee called Magrez-Fombrauge. He has lowered production, introduced a serious selection process, and put only the finest lots in the grand vin. The 2000 is the finest Fombrauge ever made. A deep purple color is followed by sweet, jammy cherry and black currant fruit intertwined with subtle smoke and mineral characteristics. Medium to full-bodied and fleshy, with refreshing acidity, superb ripeness, and a long finish, this supple effort should drink well for 12-15 years.(88-90) points Drink 2001-2016
|Score: 88/90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001|
|Score: 85/88||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, January 2003|