This château is the largest estate in Saint-Émilion and dates back to the year 1599. When it became available in 1999, I immediately fell in love with the diversity of the soils combined with multiple exposures that give Château Fombrauge’s wines their complexity and identity. This is an estate that continues to surprise me in each vintage with the balance that Merlot and Cabernet Franc can achieve together to make such fascinating wines.
The 2000 vintage in Saint-Émilion was one of the best on record due its evident power and fruit-forward flavor profile. Now 20 years later, in tasting the wines from this vintage, the clarity of fruit and beautiful, bold concentration is still present and shining through the mineral, toasty notes of the wine. This wine has continued to improve and gain complexity over the last two decades and is in a fantastic point in its development.
98 Points, Robert Parker, Robert Parker Wine Advocate - “This is sheer nectar of the vine from proprietor Bernard Magrez's château Fombrauge. One of the vintage's superstars, this prodigious effort continues to put on weight and richness. From the bottle, it may be even more impressive than it was from cask. An unctuously-textured blockbuster, with a wealth of fruit, and a sumptuous bouquet of spring flowers, espresso, blackberry liqueur, minerals, and toasty oak, it is full-bodied and seamless with extraordinary intensity, purity, and symmetry. It is rare to find a wine this fat and concentrated, particularly from Bordeaux. As it sat in the glass, an intense note of graphite emerged, but the oak (it was aged and went through malolactic in 100% new oak) has nearly disappeared! Where did it go?” Tasted June 2010.