Critical Acclaim: 95 pts Jeb Dunnuck; 94 pts James Suckling; 94 pts Wine Spectator; 93 pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate; 93 pts Decanter.
Tasting Notes: "A gorgeous wine that shines on all account, the 2018 Château Fombrauge sports a dense purple hue to go with loads of blackcurrant and black cherry fruits as well as tobacco leaf, damp earth, chocolate, and cedary herbs. With full-bodied richness, a deep, layered mid-palate, silky tannins, and outstanding length, this rock star Saint-Emilion can be enjoyed any time over the coming 20-25 years or more. It's hands down the finest vintage I've tasted from this estate." - Jeb Dunnuck.
"A warm, inviting style, with crushed plum and boysenberry puree notes caressed by anise and singed apple wood accents. Shows nice drive on the finish."- Wine Spectator.
"Ripe-plum, black-cherry, milk-chocolate, walnut and vanilla aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied with plush, velvety tannins. Creamy and polished. Very tight now. From organically grown grapes. Try from 2023, when it will begin to open up."- James Suckling.
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Fombrauge needs some swirling to unlock notions of preserved plums, blackberry compote and Black Forest cake, with wafts of tree bark, tar and licorice in the background. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers impactful black fruits with a firm, grainy framed and soft acidity, finishing on a lingering aniseed note. Give it a good 2-3 years in bottle to spread its wings and drink it over the next 15+ years."- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
"A successful vintage for Fombrauge, showing good balance and rich texture. This will develop into a full-bodied, enjoyable wine majoring on berry fruit with a few more years in bottle, although there is a flash of heat through the finish. Michel Rolland is the consultant. There is Malbec in the vineyard here now, but not yet in this wine. Aged in 40% new oak. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040."- Decanter.
Varietal: 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.