A balanced and attractive young red Bordeaux
Phil recommended the 2010 Chateau Fombrauge, Saint-Emilion to go with the Creole food Sudip and I cooked a few weeks back. There was plenty of open wine that night so it was not until there were leftovers that I opened this bottle. It is what I consider a modern wine but the oak influences are gentle and while there is some sweetness to the fruit, the wine comes across as elegant yet flavorful. It is pretty good with only an hour of air but should continue to develop for a few more years. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2010 Chateau Fombrauge, Saint-Emilion – $30
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. This wine is a blend of 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged for 18 months in oak. Alcohol 14.5%. The sweet cocoa aromas prepared one for the soft, round start of red and black fruit. Salivating acidity moved the wine along with sweet fruit in the middle and a subtle, integrated structure evident by some dry tannins in the finish. The wine becomes sexy with a little smoke and a certain sweetness. ***(*) Now – 2025.