In 2014, the picking of the grapes at Château Fombrauge started on the 2nd of October and lasted until the 20th in Saint-Emilion. This year Fombrauge 2014 has got the quality of the matured Merlot grapes thanks to the heavy soil which gives freshness and an intense density of aromas to the wine. Composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this wine shows strong notes of black fruits ( blackcurrant, mashed blackberry, liquorice and cedar) coupled with a refreshing mineral touch. On the mouth, the wine is nervous and appears to be sweet. It turns into a noble and elegant tannic structure with well established tannins - they are well extracted and offer a dominating docility. The finish is fruity and long. This is a wine of great potential.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The Château Fombrauge 2014, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked between 2 and 20 October, has a rich and rather alcoholic bouquet that feels smudged compared to its peers. The palate is sweet and chewy on the entry, powerful and burly with immense weight on the middle and finish. It is redeemed by a decent line of acidity that prevents any cloyingness on the finish, but I would like to see more character and personality in this Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé. Tasted three times with consistent notes.
|Grape varieties||Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Producer/Bottled by||CHATEAU FOMBRAUGE 33330 ST CHRISTOPHE DES BARDES FRANCE|
|Classification||Grand cru classe|
- R. Gabriel : 17
- J. Robinson : 16,5
- Vineyard : Libournais
- Wine Spectator : 88-91
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon