Chateau Fombrauge - Saint Emilion Grand Cru - red - 2008 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The largest vineyard in St.-Emilion had surprisingly good yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare (low by the standards of recent top vintages). The final blend was 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine was aged in 55% new oak, and it tips the scales at 14% natural alcohol, which is slightly higher than the 2005. Made with minimal intervention (gravity flow, manual punching down a la Burgundy), it is a showy, dense ruby/purple-hued effort with sweet tannin, medium to full body, some unresolved smoky oak, blueberries, black fruits, and a hint of ink. This pure, attractive 2008 should drink well young, and evolve for 10-12 years.” Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Château Fombrauge is the largest Grand Cru Classé of Saint-Emilion with a vineyard stretching on 58.60 hectares (143 ac.). It is its exceptional surface area that gives the soil a unique character. Diversity of soils but also multiple exposures donate Château Fombrauge’s wine complexity and identity. Soil diversity, of course, because it is composed of asteriated limestone from the Tertiary, white clay and white molasses rocks, but also because of its multiple exposures that gives the wine its complexity and identity. The combination of different soils gives the quality and specificity of Château Fombrauge’s wine too. But the richness of the land wouldn’t be anything without the use of precision techniques. Bernard Magrez gave to the Estate the use of more advanced technologies such as a drone, an extremely effective tool to properly conduct the vines and vineyard.
Grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon
Surface: 126 acres