CHÂTEAU FOMBRAUGE, SAINT-ÉMILION GRAND CRU CLASSÉ

 

BORDEAUX, FRANCE 2015

 

With a wine consulting resume that includes Angelus and Pontet-Canet in Bordeaux as well as Harlan and Bryant Family in Napa Valley, there’s no doubt that Michel Rolland is a hot commodity. So when Bernard Magrez, owner of Pape Clement, brought on Rolland after purchasing Chateau Fombrauge in 1999, the modern era of this historic estate officially began. In no time, Rolland’s help elevated Fombrauge to the prestigious Grand Cru Classé—all while remaining some of the best value coming out of Saint-Emilion, including today’s 94-point beauty from the heralded 2015 vintage.

The history of Fombrauge goes back to the 16th century (one of the oldest properties in the region), yet the turnaround for this estate has been fairly rapid over the last decade. Thanks to Magrez, who was honored on Decanter’s 2009 “Power List” of most important movers and shakers in the wine industry, and the renowned Rolland, the property now boasts vines averaging 35 years old and is the largest Grand Cru Classé vineyard in Saint-Emilion. With 60 hectares located over three specific sites, Rolland has been meticulous in determining the best plots for the final blend of each successive vintage, including the use of vines located on a limestone slope with southern exposure near the iconic Chateau Pavie.

The 2015 consists of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, aged in 45% new French oak for 18 months—reflecting a superbly bold vintage. Opulent in style—the signature of wines from Magrez—the wine has a profound level of freshness and balance of fruit for a red that is so powerful and rich. Offering a “rounded, energetic structure” this wine vastly overperforms for its price point (James Molesworth). At just over 25% off orders of 6 or more bottles, bringing each bottle to under $34, this is a Bordeaux to stock up by the case. Don’t miss it!

 

 

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