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Chateau Magrez Fombrauge Saint Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Region

BordeauxFrance

Wine Description

(2005 Vintage) Percentage Grape: 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon

Soil: The soil is a complex mix of clay and limestone atop a fossil-rich limestone mother lode mixed with iron slag or crasse de fer.

Vinification Method: Hand-harvested

Alcohol Percentage: null %

(2005 Vintage) Deep red-ruby. Aromas of raspberry, smoked meat, mocha and marzipan convey an almost exotic ripeness. Fat, large-scaled and supersweet; undeniably thick and concentrated but perhaps a bit unrefined. F...

(2005 Vintage) Musky aromas of lemon pith and crystallized ginger. Fresh, firm and penetrating in the mouth, with lively flavors of lemon drop, fresh herbs and minerals. This offers very good cut and length, partic...

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    BordeauNutt

    Drink 2010-2020+. Parker 90: "An in-your-face style of wine, the 2005 Fombrauge (the largest vineyard in St.-Emilion) is a blend of 77% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The inky/purple color is followed by a big, sweet nose of chocolate fudge, jammy black cherries, blackberries, smoke, and pain grille. This chewy, powerful, decadent St.-Emilion is a modern-styled, impressively endowed, pure, intense wine. It is another brilliant example of winemaking from proprietor Bernard Magrez. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020+."

    about 5 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    (2005 Vintage) Rating: (94-96) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 164 on Apr-06
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2005 Vintage) International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer (2008) - 90
  • Robert Parker
    (2005 Vintage) Rating: 94-96 - As reviewed by Robert Parker
  • Wine Advocate
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: (87-89) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 165 on Jun-06