A balanced red wine from Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Château Fombrauge is a Grand Cru Classé produced in the appellation of Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. This red wine comes from a vineyard with a total area of 58 hectares. The average vines are 36 years old, and are planted in clay and limestone soils and Molasses de Fronsadais. The wine is aged for 18 months, 45% in new barrels, 45% in barrels used for one vintage and 10% in the latest generation of concrete vats. The blend of the 2016 vintage is composed of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc.
The winter was mild and humid, and budburst occurred a week early. The beginning of spring was cool and humid, with plenty of rain in April, which slowed the development of the vines. Frosts - though fortunately very rare - were caused by sharp drops in temperature in late April and early May. After a short break on the 25th of May with warm days leading to the appearance of the first flowers, the blooming occurred rather late in fairly cool and humid climatic conditions. From June 24th to September 12th, the summer was hot and characterized by drought. The clay-limestone soil reacted admirably to these conditions. The grapes began to appear on August 4th and the mid-veraison took place between the 10th and 15th of August. The harvest took place between September 30th and October 22nd.
With a magnificent dark red colour and shades of purple, the Château Fombrauge 2016 unrolls red fruits aromas and ripe tannins on the palate. The wine displays a balanced profile and offers fantastic length.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Fombrauge is a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc picked from 30 September to the 22 October, clearly more expressive on the nose compared to the 2016 Magrez-Fombrauge with attractive blackberry, raspberry coulis and cold stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, linear but fresh with a grippy, slightly tarry finish that lingers in the mouth. It needs to find a little more lightness in terms of personality rather than intensity, perhaps not take itself quite so seriously. But I still find much to enjoy here and I look forward to tasting it in bottle. Tasted twice with consistent notes.