2005 Chateau Magrez Fombrauge 3.0 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 97+
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 89-91
Red Wine
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Price :
$399.95

LET ME REMIND YOU THAT ALL IT TAKES IS EIGHT PEOPLE, A HALF BOTTLE CONSUMED EACH, AND YOU HAVE DONE A 3.0L. NOTHING ADORNS A HOLIDAY PARTY OR DINNER TABLE LIKE A DOUBLE MAGNUM! HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND GOOD DRINKING

"Aromas of blackberry, mineral, vanilla and milk chocolate follow through to a full body, with super well-integrated tannins and a long, caressing finish. Balanced, refined and harmonious. Best after 2011. 550 cases made." (WS)

"The quintessential garagiste offering from proprietor Bernard Magrez, this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc receives such Burgundian treatments as a cold pre-fermentation maceration, malolactic in barrel, aging on its lees, and no fining or filtration. Offering a dense purple color along with huge creosote, smoke, melted licorice, fudge, blueberry, graphite, and coffee characteristics, it represents full-throttle, modern winemaking at its most intense, and is likely to cause neo-traditionalists to suffer from migraines. Expect this beauty to hit full maturity around 2014, and keep until 2030+." (WA)

"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. Finishes with huge but sweet tannins. A major mouthful of wine. Fans of sheer size will rate it higher." (VM)

"From a small parcel of Château Fombrauge, Bernard Magrez has created this small-production cuvée. It's quite modern, packed with spicy new wood and superripe fruit. The acidity, though, creates balance." (WE)