This vineyard was already around during the 16th century, making it one of the oldest in Saint-Emilion. Château Fombrauge was promoted to "Cru Classé" in 2012 - the classification of Saint-Emilion being subject to revisions, unlike in Médoc - reflecting continued efforts on investment and wine quality. The 2011 boasts superb aromas of blackberry, plum and spices, keeping both a beautiful structure and a superb elegance. A stunning wine!
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|This vineyard was already around during the 16th century, making it one of the oldest in Saint-Emilion. Château Fombrauge was promoted to "Cru Classé" in 2012 - the classification of Saint-Emilion being subject to revisions, unlike in Médoc - reflecting continued efforts on investment and wine quality. The 2011 boasts superb aromas of blackberry, plum and spices, keeping both a beautiful structure and a superb elegance. A stunning wine!|
|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Domain: Château Fonroque
Appelation: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
Type: Dry Red wine
Grapes: 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Drink from now to 2029
Open and decant 2 hours before
Serve at 16-18°C
Food pairing: Duck "a l'orange"
Soil: Clay, limestone
Vineyard size: 58 ha
Age of vines: 33 years old
Maturing: Stainless steel vats
Ageing: 18 months in French oak barrels (45% new)
|What experts say|
89/100 "The estate of Bernard Magrez has fashioned and attractive dark ruby/purple-colored 2011 offering lots of mulberry and black cherry fruit as well as sexy, soft, round core, velvety tannins and heady, lush, seductive finish. It is another brillant effort from Bernard Magrez's team. A sleeper of the vintage, it should provide immense pleasure over the next 7-10 years."
16.5/20 "Intense purple crimson. Attractive energetic, fresh nose. Some spiciness. Very racy. Manages to lift itself above the norm. Quite transparent. Even juicy."
|88/100 "A pumped-up style, with hefty ganache and dark toasty vanilla bean notes, offering layers of fig sauce and crushed plum fruit. The graphite frame keeps this honest."|
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