This is one of the better, more supple Fombrauge wines to date, with a better integration of toasty oak than I have usually seen at this stage of this wine's development. The grapes were picked late, with the harvest finishing on October 22, and that has given the wine wonderful ripeness and plenty of chocolaty espresso notes intermixed with incense, black cherries and black currants. The oak is subtle, and the wine full-bodied, attractive, deep, round and generous. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
This significant estate in St.-Emilion, with one of the biggest, if not the largest, vineyards in Bordeaux, has produced a wine composed of 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.
|Score: 91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013|
From the largest estate in St.-Emilion (130 acres), the opaque purple-colored 2010 Fombrauge was produced from late harvested fruit (the harvest finished on October 21). It possesses fresh notes of blueberries, red and black currants, lead pencil shavings and espresso roast. Medium to full-bodied and rich with sweet tannin, it should drink nicely for 10-12 years.
|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The nose is well defined with blackberry and raspberry scents with floral tones developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins. It is a little course on the mid-palate with a foursquare, blunt edged finish that is a world away from its barrel showing. The hints of Moroccan spices coming through on the aftertaste are welcome. Tasted January 2014.
|Score: 88||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014|
This has a very opulent bouquet, exotic with figs and dates all wrapped up in a layer of puppy fat. The palate is full-bodied but showing more control and poise than at the Circle de Rive Droite tasting in London. Bold, saturated tannins, satin smooth towards the finish that avoids blowsiness. Very fine. Tasted April 2011.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011|
Very friendly young red with bright dark fruits and flowers on the nose and palate. Full and silky, with a long finish.
|Score: 89/90||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011|
Black fruits tend to dominate the nose all quite peppery. The palate starts sweet but grippy tannins take over and close down the fruit leaving the finish short, bitter and dusty dry.
|Score: 83/86||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
Dense, rich extract but fresh and balanced. Full-bodied, harmonious with fine, ripe tannins and good length. Drink 2016-2026.
|Score: 16.5||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2011|
Very dark and rich but with real spine. Drying sandpapery tannins on the finish. A little greenness.
|Score: 15.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011|
Bernard Magrez (of Pape Clement) owns this Saint Emilion which has made consistently reliable wines since the 2000 vintage. This is modern in style with a deep colour and solid, slightly jammy black fruit. Impressive richness, chunky but lacks a little sophistication.
|Score: 15||Farr Vintners, April 2011|