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Chateau Fombrauge History, Overview
Chateau Fombrauge is the largest vineyard in St. Emilion. It is also one of the oldest estates in St Emilion as it dates back to 1679. The charming, regal chateau is one of the nicest chateau in the Right Bank. In fact, it would be at home next to any chateau in the Medoc! Chateau Fombrauge takes its name from one of the earlier owners, Dumas de Fombrauge, who was also a member of the French government in the 1700’s.
However, the modern age for Chateau Fombrauge really starts in 1999, as that was the year Bernard Magrez purchased Fombrauge from the Hans Just company. One of the first moves made by Bernard Magrez was to hire the ubiquitous Michel Rolland as their consultant. Chateau Fombrauge is one of the numerous estates owned by Bernard Magrez who also has properties in the Left Bank, Sauternes and of course in Pessac Leognan with Chateau Pape Clement.
Chateau Fombrauge Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The massive, 60 hectare Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Fombrauge is planted to 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. The vineyard is perhaps the largest, or at least second biggest vineyard in the Saint Emilion appellation. This new planting represents a change in the vines, as today, the amount of Merlot has increased and all the Cabernet Sauvignon vines have been removed.
The vines average 30 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,600 vines per hectare. The terroir is clay, limestone and sandstone soils. But as you might expect, it’s more complicated than that. The vineyards are basically located in 3 sections, with parcels close to the chateau on the slopes and flats, and they have also have vines that placed not too far from Chateau Pavie, on the limestone slopes with southern exposures.
To produce the wine of Chateau Fombrauge, following a 4 to 8-day cold soak at 10 degrees Celsius, the berries are moved to large, oak tanks for fermentation. For the vinification of Chateau Fombrauge, the estate utilizes 40 vats that are a mixture of wood, cement and stainless steel that range in size from 80 hectoliters to 20 hectoliters. The vats are divided as follows, 21 wood vats, 18 stainless steel tanks and 8 cement vats.
The grapes are whole better fermented. Malolactic fermentation is usually equally split between cement or steel vats and French oak barrels. The wine of Chateau Fombrauge is then aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 16 to 18 months before bottling. The actual length in barrel of time can vary, depending on the character of the vintage.
Previously, Chateau Fombrauge produced a white Bordeaux wine, but that is no longer the case. The wine is now called Chateau Magrez Fombrauge Blanc and is associated with the other Saint Emilion of Bernard Magrez, Chateau Magrez-Fombrauge. This change took place starting with the 2011 vintage.
For the production of their white Bordeaux wine when it was produced as Fombrauge Blanc, the wine was typically a blend of 40% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sauvignon Gris. The wine was produced from grapes planted in their slightly cooler, mostly limestone soils.
Close to 14,000 cases of wine are produced at Fombrauge in most vintages. There is a second wine, Prelude de Fombrauge. The second wine was previously sold under the name of Le Cadran de Fombrauge.
Chateau Fombrauge is made in a modern, forward, ripe, lush, open, style. Due to its fairly large production, the wine is still sold to consumers for a fair price.
Starting with the 2010 vintage, Chateau Fombrauge began taking anti counterfeiting measures for their wines using the Intaglio method of bottle etching coupled with Spottag, which adds an invisible ink mark to the labels.
When to Drink Chateau Fombrauge, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Fombrauge is better with at least 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau Fombrauge is best enjoyed in the first 5-20 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Serving Chateau Fombrauge with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Fombrauge is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Fombrauge is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Fombrauge is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château Fombrauge Wine Tasting Notes
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|2016||Château Fombrauge Harmonie de Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Black raspberry jam, licorice and espresso are the key to the character here. Medium bodied, round and forward, this will offer delicious, ripe, fruity, black raspberry and red plum qualities with sweetness on release.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 477 Views
|2016||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Forward, round and easy to drink, this wine displays its licorice, black cherry, smoke and espresso with ease.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 1392 Views
|2015||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Already open and easy to drink, this forward, lush, round textured wine shows off with its espresso, dark chocolate, licorice and ripe, black cherry character with ease.
Nov 22, 2017points - Tasted 1042 Views
Spice box, flowers, licorice, smoke and black raspberries create the nose. In the mouth, this wine is supple, flashy and round, with loads of spicy, smoky, dark red fruits and espresso beans that carry through.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 2186 Views
|2014||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
A licorice and black cherry-filled wine with a round, forward character and a slightly oaky finish. 88-90 Pts
Apr 27, 2015points - Tasted 2827 Views
|2013||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The smoky, licorice and jammy berry nose leads to a forward, medium-bodied, short finish with fresh red berries. 87-89 Pts
Apr 28, 2014points - Tasted 2125 Views
|2012||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Packed with licorice, black cherry, cocoa, coffee bean and lush textures, this round, fat, forward styled wine delivers a fleshy, chocolate covered black cherry finish. 90-92 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 3896 Views
|2011||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Light and forward, with an earthy, cherry and oak entry, this will be drinkable on release.
Nov 17, 2013points - Tasted 3683 Views
Coffee, licorice, smoke, black raspberry and truffle scents lead to a soft, medium bodied wine ending with a cocoa covered black cherry finish. 88-91 Pts
Mar 16, 2012points - Tasted 4064 Views
|2010||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Chocolate covered cherries, coffee and licorice sticks create the aromatics. Round, sweet and oaky, give this a few years in the cellar to allow the wood to better integrate. 90
May 7, 2013points - Tasted 4868 Views
Minerals, coffee, cassis and spice aromas open to a medium bodied wine, elegant textures and a dark berry, cassis and fennel finish that was slightly marred by a hint of tartness. 89-91 Pts
Mar 14, 2011points - Tasted 5424 Views
|2009||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
A really nice wine here. Popped and poured late into the evening, the wine has an open, forward, corpulent, ripe, juicy personality. Lots of licorice, chocolate covered black raspberries, vanilla bean and plum. Drink it now for its hedonistic qualities, or age it for secondary characteristics. Produced from a blend of A blend of 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, from low yields of 27 hectoliters per hectare, the wine reached 15% alcohol and does not display any sensation of heat. This is the best wine I've yet tasted from Fombrauge.
Aug 27, 2014points - Tasted 4593 Views
|2008||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Licorice, truffle, cocoa, black cherry and coconut aromas, soft, round, polished textures and an open, medium bodied, fennel, chocolate, plum finish are what you'll find in this well-priced St. Emilion wine.
Mar 12, 2012points - Tasted 2770 Views
Light ruby in color with coffee, herbs and cherry aromas, this medium bodied wine finishes with an oaky, cherry finish with hints of green flavors. Drink this on the young side.
Mar 11, 2011points - Tasted 2734 Views
|2007||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, medium bodied, with a truffle, licorice, herb and black cherry personality, this requires drinking sooner than later.
Nov 30, 2014points - Tasted 2945 Views
|2006||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Licorice, stone, smoke, soil and plum aromas lead to a medium bodied wine. In the mouth, there is a dryness to the palate, with some hints of green olives in the red berry finish. Perhaps time will help the wine.
Aug 2, 2013points - Tasted 3363 Views
|2005||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Smooth and soft, this medium bodied, round textures wine is open, and ready for drinking with a blast of oak, licorice, cocoa and cherries in the finish.
Jun 28, 2015points - Tasted 2963 Views
Smoky red berries, black raspberry and licorice make up the perfume. Still young, the fresh, soft, cherry dominated wine has some tannin to resolve. Give it a few more years in the cellar before opening a bottle.
Aug 3, 2013points - Tasted 2908 Views
Still young, with good color, the wine required air and coaxing before the licorice, jammy black raspberry, black cherry, coffee, cocoa and spice scents emerged. From an assemblage of 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, this full bodied, supple textured, St. Emilion wine demands a few more years of bottle age.
Oct 16, 2011points - Tasted 4338 Views
|2003||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, oaky, with a licorice, jam and black cherry personality, this is past its best years and requires consumption.
Dec 18, 2013points - Tasted 2752 Views
|2000||Château Fombrauge (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, this open, round, supple textured wine is filled with sweet, ripe, jammy berries, earth, cocoa, fennel, espresso, smoke and black cherries.
May 19, 2013points - Tasted 3017 Views