2000 Château Magrez Fombrauge St. Émilion Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2000 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 93

The wine has not developed as well as I had hoped. Full-bodied, powerful, almost dense with some overripe notes of fig and raisin that takes a bit from the otherwise sweet, fat plums, cherry, chocolate, smoke and licorice. Here you have power over grace, with some oak notes still remaining. Do not get me wrong, I liked the wine, but i was hoping to love it. 93 Points

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Still deep in color, with a nose packed with licorice, coffee bean, chocolate, jammy plums and blackberry and earth, this hard to find St. Emilion is packed and stacked with massive layers of mouth filling, perfectly ripe and overripe berries, spice, earth, oak, cocoa and stone. Still young, 2000 Magrez Fombrauge has a lot of potential to become a stunning Bordeaux wine with another decade of bottle age. 97 Points

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Inky in color, from the look of it, it could have been from 2005. Explosive in the nose, with smoke, licorice, coffee, black cherry, blueberry, barbecue, crushed stone and griotte notes, this massive, powerful, palate staining wine is dense, concentrated and intense. It borders on over the top, but somehow manages to keep everything in check. Still tannic and youthful, give it another decade and this blend of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc should all come together. 97 Points

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Packed and stacked with incredible layers of intense, ripe and over ripe black fruits, spice, coffee, licorice, oak and vanilla. This wine needs at least another decade before its port like style becomes civilized. This wine is not for everyone. But for lovers of intensity that are willing to take a chance on a unique style of wine, it's worth picking up a few bottles. This could score several points higher when fully mature. 95 Points

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When to Drink Chateau Magrez Fombrauge, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Magrez Fombrauge is better with at least 8-10 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau Magrez Fombrauge is best enjoyed in the first 8-30 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for about 2 hours 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 Magrez Fombrauge Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Magrez 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 Magrez 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 Magrez Fombrauge is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

Magrez Fombrauge Blanc is perfect when served with all types of seafood, shellfish, chicken, veal, pork, and cheese.

Starting with the 2010 vintage, Magrez Fombrauge began taking anti-counterfeiting measures using the Intaglio method of bottle etching, coupled with Spottag, which adds an invisible ink to the labels.

The modern style of Magrez Fombrauge is very ripe, intense, aromatic, and powerful, with lush tannins and a long, mineral-driven finish.

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