Château-Fonplégade Saint Emilion 2010
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The name Fonplegade means 'fountain of plenty' and the estate is believed to have produced wine since Roman times, as evidenced by the ancient Roman paths among graceful vine rows at the estate. In the 1850's the beautiful chateau was built and throughout the 1800's the wine enjoyed a prestigious reputation for its quality and beaut. Fast forward to 2004, when new owners, Stephen and Denise Adams, arrrived with complete passion and experience as organic Napa Valley grape growers and winemakers, and Fonplegade is now enjoying a second belle epoque. They have significantly lowered yields in the vineyards, they have renovated the stunningly beautiful chateau, and enlisted the help of the famous and talented winemaker Michel Rolland.
Wine AdvocateConcentrated black fruits intermixed with spring flowers, some high class, subtle toasty oak, graphite and a touch of blackberry and cassis all jump from the glass of this dense, full-bodied, formidably endowed, massive wine. It needs a good 5-7 years of cellaring. This could turn out to be one of the longest-lived wines ever made at Fonplegade, lasting 25-30 or more years.
Wine SpectatorDark linzer torte and currant preserves notes are allied to a solid graphite spine and backed by a licorice-infused finish. Drink now through 2021.