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"A gorgeous wine that shines on all accounts" - Jeb Dunnuck

"Ripe-plum, black-cherry, milk-chocolate, walnut and vanilla aromas" - James Suckling

"It's hands down the finest vintage I've tasted from this estate." - Jeb Dunnuck

We are excited to offer one of the greatest values from Saint Emilion. Chateau Fombrauge has become one of our best-selling wines from the right bank in Bordeaux and it's easy to understand why. It's hard not to like this rich, full-bodied wine filled with lushly textured dark fruits and a touch of toasty cocoa. We have previously featured the 2015 and 2016 vintages of this wine and the 2018 may be the best yet.

The critics have also spoken loudly. Jeb Dunnuck gave this wine a score of 95 Points, calling it a "rock star" and "the finest vintage I've tasted from this estate!" James Suckling echoed the praise, giving Fombrauge 94 Points and noting its "Ripe-plum, black-cherry, milk-chocolate, walnut and vanilla aromas and flavors."

We love Grand Cru Bordeaux and we especially love these wines when they are produced in epic vintages. This is one of those cases when the stars are perfectly aligned and we were able to purchase the 2018 Chateau Fombrauge from Saint Emilion for a great price. This well-regarded Chateau is owned by Bernard Magrez who also owns the famous left bank property, Chateau Pape Clement and La Tour Carnet among others.

Château Fombrauge harvested its first grapes in 1599 and has long been known as having terroir perfect for winemaking. Bernard Magrez purchased the property in 1999 and has only enhanced the legacy of this Grand Cru property by investing in the vineyards and cellar. The grapes are farmed organically, which only adds to the quality and purity of the wine.

One of the secrets to the success of this estate is the winemaker's ability to source grapes from many parcels on the property. This art of blending creates a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts. By taking advantage of the diversity of soils and the vineyard's wide range of exposures, the wine is able to display its full potential and complexity.

The result is a sublime wine and a textbook example of the quality which can be found in Grand Cru Classe from St. Emilion. If you are a fan of full-bodied Bordeaux bursting with plentiful fruit and a long finish, this is for you.

This is an excellent value on a delicious, ready to drink wine at the lowest price in the nation!

JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS - "A gorgeous wine that shines on all accounts, 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."

JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "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."
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