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2020 Château Fombrauge En Primeur

2020 Château Fombrauge is released en primeur at just just £252 per dozen in bond.  Scoring 92-94 points from Neal Martin and 94-95 points from Suckling (who asks, rhetorically, if this is their best ever vintage) it looks like a superb value Saint-Émilion in a great year for Right Bank wines.

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Château Fombrauge, Saint-Émilion

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Château Fombrauge, Saint-Émilion

Château Fombrauge is a Grand Cru Classé estate in Saint-Émilion.  Vines were planted here by 1599 but the estate-proper was established in the 17th Century.  It takes its name from Dumas de Fombrauge, the owner and a member of the French government.  Since 1999 it has been owned by Bernard Magrez, who also owns Pape Clement, La Tour Carnet and Clos Haut Perayguey in Sauternes.  Magrez is notable for having made his fortune through working in the wine trade in Bordeaux (as opposed to banking), although he did attend school with Francois Pinault.  In total, he owns 43 estates in different vineyad locations around the world.

Fombrauge is the largest estate in Saint-Émilion at 59 hectares, planted to 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.  The grapes are selected plot by plot.  The wine is fermented in a mixture of wooden vats, steel and concrete tanks, before ageing oak barriques (40% new).

RED 2020 Château Fombrauge 75cl £252 per case of 12 Château Fombrauge
2020 / / 75cl
£252 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"The 2020 Fombrauge has a deep garnet-purple color and expressive notes of chocolate-covered cherries, mulberries and baked plums, plus hints of espresso, graphite and cedar chest with a waft of Sichuan pepper. The medium to full-bodied palate is elegantly crafted with lovely freshness and a well-tamed, grainy texture, finishing long and earthy. Drink 2025-2040. 91-93 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown,"The 2020 Fombrauge has a crisp blackberry, blueberry and cedar nose, subtle pine aromas filtering through with aeration. The medium-bodied palate delivers crunchy black fruit laced with cedar and very light ash notes. Good acidity here, and nice structure; a convincingly more classic Fombrauge, this, with fine grip toward the finish. I approve. 92-94 points" Neal Martin,"The inky-hued 2020 Château Fombrauge is another wonderful Saint-Emilion that shines on all accounts. Possessing terrific purity in its cassis-styled fruits as well as notes of violets, chocolate, and chalky minerality, this puppy is medium to full-bodied, has a great mid-palate, background oak, and outstanding length. Tasted twice. 93-95 points""This is really finely textured with beautiful tannins that run the length of the wine and go on and on. It’s full-bodied, yet refined and poised. Pretty finish. Best ever? 94-95 points"

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