2001 Chàteau Fombrauge
Tasted two years ago, this behaved exactly the same on this evening - the plums were there, also the spices and the warm, sandy feeling. In the same state of maturity, this would surely go on for another 5+ years before starting to decline. Delicious to drink now.
90p (tasted 2018/07)
The Fonroque is a more serious wine, feels younger and needs more time in the glass to open up. The nose is sandy and cool with notes of red and black currants, pencil shavings, bakelite and sun warm rocks. A good balance.
The taste is dry and tight with notes of ripe red currants, dried plums, warm sand and some tobacco. Medium long and nicely structured. A more serious wine, but not as joyful as the Fombrauge, at this stage at least. 8+ years.
91p (tasted 2018/07)