This beautiful estate in the Saint-Emilion region is one of the oldest châteaux in the area, dating back to its first harvest in 1599. This historic estate was once the cloister of the town’s Carthusian monastery until the manor was purchased by the Dumas de Fombrauge in the 18th century, who implemented the first quality winemaking of the estate.
The chateau has 58 hectares under vine, with over 89% planted to the most important grape of Saint-Emilion – Merlot. The vines are on average 35 years old and are planted in a soil dominant in clay and limestone, producing complex, but very aromatic wines. Each parcel, selected by terroir is vinified separately by grape variety and vine age, harvesting only by hand then sorted and destemmed meticulously by a team of no less than 20. Château Fombrauge is known for very long maceration periods, up to 32 days for Merlot and 28 days for Cabernet, to extract as much flavor as possible, balancing tannins and fruit for a bold yet approachable wine. After maceration, the wine is aged in 45% new oak, 45% one-year-old barrels, and 10% cement tanks for 18 months before bottling. 2015 was comprised of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.
94 points, James Suckling – “A vivid and bright red with plum and spice plus hints of cedar and sandalwood. Medium to full body, silky tannins, and a flavorful finish. The plush tannins to this give it weight and opulence. Needs a year or two to soften.”