95pts Wine Enthusiast
This wine is immense, dense in powerful, solid tannins and dark, black fruits. It has great concentration, a dusty texture and final notes of chocolate, black plum and spice. Drink from 2024.
Barrel Sample: 93-95
92pts James Suckling
Aromas of blackberries, mushrooms and wet earth with some bark follow through to a full body and firm, silky tannins. Some chewiness at the finish from the slightly austere tannins. But it should come around nicely with some bottle age. Better after 2021.
92pts Wine Spectator
Rich in feel, with warm plum, cassis and raspberry compote flavors layered with singed vanilla and black licorice notes. A gloss of mocha coats the finish. A bit obvious in style but will certainly have fans. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2021 through 2030.
92pts Jeb Dunnuck
Falling under the Bernard Magrez umbrella, the 2017 Chateau Fombrauge is a soft, plush, sexy wine that shines in the vintage. With medium to full-bodied richness and depth as well as ripe, supple tannins, it has lots of cassis and blackberry fruits, a touch of tobacco and earth, nicely integrated oak, and outstanding length on the finish. This 2017 is already hard to resist, yet I suspect it's going to evolve beautifully for 10-15 years. Tasted twice.
92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Fombrauge leaps from the glass with notes of baked cherries, plum preserves and raspberry pie plus wafts of tobacco, cedar chest and underbrush. Medium-bodied, the palate has a soft, plush texture and lovely freshness, finishing long and fragrant.
I enjoyed the Magrez wines during En Primeur in 2017, and this shows both character and confidence, if a little overwhelmed by liquorice and chocolate. Trying its absolute best against the natural austerity of the vintage. Plenty of St-Émilion typicity, and clearly constructed layers of cassis and bilberry fruit that give you no choice but to succumb. Heavy bottle. Drinking Window 2025 - 2042
91pts Tim Atkin
Inky and sweet spices with some oak scents. Very juicy and rich with sweet black fruit and blueberry juice. Rich tannins, but fresh. Great right bank effort.
Barrel Sample: 89-91
Blend: 93% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc