Robert Parker 90
The 2014 Magrez-Fombrauge still has that rich, almost creamy-scented bouquet, opulent and ravishing yet missing some of the precision and terroir expression of its peers. The palate is candied and sweet on the entry with coconut-tinged red fruit, well-judged acidity and decent tension on the finish. Yet there is no question in my mind that the oak is too dominant, rending this an admittedly seductive yet oddly monotone Saint Emilion, just as I found it in barrel.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028
James Suckling 95
More fruit-forward style to this, which is flamboyant from the minute you put your nose in the glass. Very aromatic and bright. Currants, berries and violets. Full-bodied, very silky and textured thanks to all the tannins being polished. Long and focused. Drink in 2021.
The 2014 Magrez-Fombrauge is plump, juicy and absolutely delicious. Blueberry jam, plum, mocha, sweet French oak, lavender and sweet spice notes open up effortlessly. Forward, open-knit and flamboyant in style, the 2014 will drink well right out of the gate. There is plenty to like, that much is certain. Tasted three times.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2029