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Château Magrez Fombrauge

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2018 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 95

Opaque in color, the wine is showy on the nose with its black and blue fruits, licorice and smoke profile. Full-bodied and concentrated, the wine packs a fruit-filled punch. The long finish with its strata of fruit, rocks, stones and smoke keeps on going. This is not an early drinking wine so be prepared to lay it down for close to a decade. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Only 250 cases were produced so if you find a bottle and this is your thing, grab it. 94-96 Pts

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2018 Château Magrez Fombrauge Blanc  (Bordeaux) 92

Juicy, bright, crisp and fresh, this is loaded with lemons, pomelo, vanilla, honeysuckle and just a bit of tropical fruit. Refreshing and fruity with a nice pop of citrus on the palate, this will be great on release and better with a few years of age.

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2017 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 94

Inky in color with licorice, black cherry, black raspberry and smoky notes on the nose, this wine is full-bodied, fleshy, round, soft and polished. There is freshness and volume on the palate along with a healthy dose of oak. This is not for drinking in its formative years, because when it all comes together, this will be a markedly better wine as the oak integrates.

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2016 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 95

Dark and deep with layers of luscious fruits, with coaxing, the wine shows off its black cherry fudge, smoke, espresso, blackberry and sweet boysenberry character. Full-bodied, with layers of fruit, ripe, luscious textures and silky tannins, this is going to age for decades with ease. With all this power, allow it age for at least a decade and you will be amply rewarded.

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Inky and opaque, the wine is all about chocolate-covered boysenberry, espresso, licorice, dark plum and darker cherry. Velvet drenched tannins, fat, salacious, opulent layers of perfectly ready, glossy fruits. This is the best wine produced here since 2000. You can feel the difference. It seems like everything has truly been dialed back.

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2016 Château Magrez Fombrauge Blanc  (Bordeaux) 90

Citrus, grapefruit, vanilla and honeysuckle notes give you a wine with richness, sweetness and a nutty flavor -- though a bit more acidity would be nice.

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2015 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 94

Inky in color, the wine is full bodied, concentrated, rich, fat and round. There is a wealth of fruit, length, tannin and the structure to age. The finish keeps on going with its layers of of dark ripe fruits, licorice, chocolate and espresso. This is worth laying down for a decade before popping a cork.

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Using 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, this wine is deeply colored, expressing smoke, licorice, black raspberries and plum jam. On the palate, the wine is lush, rich and concentrated, with opulent textures and a wealth of earthy, black cherries and sweet, boysenberry jam. The wine is powerful, fat and round, yet fresh and balanced. The wine is aging in a combination of 100% new, French oak barrels and terracotta jars that range in size from 200 liters, up to 450 liters.

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2015 Château Magrez Fombrauge Blanc  (Bordeaux) 92

Using 40% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sauvignon Gris, this wine is already showing white peaches, citrus and honeysuckle notes. On the palate, the wine offers both rich textures and freshness, with a pure, sweet, citrus peel finish.

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2014 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 91

Like a great night in Las Vegas, this wine is fleshy, flashy and fun. Round and supple in character and packed with fennel, cocoa and chocolate-coated black raspberries. 90-92 Pts

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2013 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 90

Medium bodied, with a ripe, dark cherry, smoke, espresso and earthy character, round textures and a fruity, smoky finish.

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With effort, licorice, black cherries and dark chocolate—along with oak—come to the surface. There is a polish to the texture in the oaky, chocolate, black cherry finish. Produced from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. 90-92 Pts

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2013 Château Magrez Fombrauge Blanc  (Bordeaux) 91

Bright, crisp, biting yellow citrus fruits with a strong grapefruit, lime and green apple character that shows itself in the nose and on the palate.

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Produced with one of the highest percentages of Sauvignon Gris used in Bordeaux, the wine is bright, crisp, fresh and floral, finishing with a vibrant citrus finish. 92 Pts

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2012 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 92

Truffle, licorice, blackberry and cherry notes lead to a full bodied, ripe, juicy mouthful of fresh berries that is showing a bit too much oak at this stage. This needs at least 3-5 years in the in the cellar to integrate.

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Inky in color and just as concentrated on the palate with layers of chocolate-covered blackberries and cherries, the wine is sexy and intense. 92-94 Pts

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2012 Château Magrez Fombrauge Blanc  (Bordeaux) 90

Lemon, lime, grapefruit, stone and smoky notes are paired with fresh, citrus and pineapple and green apple to create a lively, fun, fresh, mineral driven, white Bordeaux wine..

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2011 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 92

70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc created a wine with stone, licorice, blackberry, chocolate covered cherry and coffee notes. Flashy and fleshy, the wine finishes with a round, tannic, fresh, plum, coffee and cocoa filled finish. 91-94 Pts

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2010 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 94

Inky in color, the wine is rich, intense, polished and lush, with layers of dark, ripe berries, licorice, espresso, smoke, flowers and dark chocolate. While everything about this wine is intense, it’s also balanced, expressive, with a long, fresh, supple textured finish.

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With its inky, jet black color, oak, licorice, chocolate, black cherry and blackberry aromas abound. Mouth coating, packed and stacked with ripe, juicy, licorice filled fruit, this rich pure wine stains your palate with layers of licorice, chocolate and dark plums. 94-96 Pts

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2009 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 95

Equally deep in and color and youthful, the wine is smoky, rich, powerful and loaded with licorice, black cherry, espresso and earthy nuances that carry through from start to finish. Give this full, concentrated wine another 5 years to further integrate.

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Inky in color, the wine is noticeably oaky, with its strong coffee bean and vanilla character that at the moment, overpowers the licorice, black raspberry, blueberry, smoke, earth and jammy notes. Deep, rich, concentrated and palate staining, the wine feels plush, with no dryness. This needs time for the oak to integrate.

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2008 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 93

From a typical blend of blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this deeply colored wine opens with chocolate covered cherries, licorice, earth, stone and fresh blackberry aromas. Plush in style, and already open, this round, plummy, concentrated St. Emilion should deliver pleasure for at least another decade or 12-15 years, or longer.

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Licorice, minerality, cassis, espresso, cassis and black cherry scents are accompanied by a full bodied, concentrated wine that finishes with licorice, coffee, blackberry and cassis sensations.

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2006 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 92

Showing maturity in the color, the wine is all about its truffle, smoke, earth, licorice, black plum and thyme infused character. Dense, rich and supple, the wine is full bodied, leaving you with cherries, plum and spicy sensations.

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Licorice, stone, blackberry jam and cocoa scents, full bodied and concentrated with ripe fruit, this tannic wine has broad shoulders and demands cellaring before it begins to come together. Give it another 5 years of sleep to develop.

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2005 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 93

Licorice, stone, smoke, wet earth, plum and vanilla in the nose, the concentrated, sweet, fleshy, ripe, round, silky wine shows well today and is only going to get better with a few more years of age.

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Powerful, tannic, oaky, full bodied and intense, the wine is filled with sweet, ripe, jammy berries, licorice, boysenberry, espresso, some and earthy characteristics. Plush, rich and deep, the wine needs time for the tannins to soften and for the oak to better integrate with the wine.

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2004 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 92

Deep in color, the wine is tight. With effort, black truffle, smoke, licorice, cigar box, plum and coffee bean scents open up. Full bodied, concentrated, tannic and still youthful, the wine is silky, powerful and long. This needs more time in the bottle before the oak becomes better integrated.

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2003 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 90

This has matured far too rapidly. The nose of licorice, espresso bean, smoke, truffle, black cherry and jam is a treat, as are the supple textures, but the loss of fruit is worrisome. I’d drink this sooner than later.

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2001 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 92

Deep, intense, rich, full bodied and opulent in texture, the wine is still a bit too dominated by oak, making it difficult for ripe, black cherries, licorice, crushed stone and spicy notes to get their due. This is a very modern style of Bordeaux that might be better if it were dialed back just a bit.

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2000 Château Magrez Fombrauge  (St. Émilion) 97

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.

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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.

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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.

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