Château-Fonplégade Saint Emilion 2010

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This American-owned St.-Emilion has become a showcase estate whose wine quality has soared over recent vintages such as 2005, 2009 and 2010. The vineyard is situated on the lower hillsides of St.-Emilion where the soils are a mixture of gravel, clay and decomposed limestone. At its best, Fonplegade exhibits a dense purple color along with aromas of flowers, graphite, assorted berries, figs, mocha and ink. It tends to be a large-scaled, full-bodied style of Saint-Emilon with ripe tannins, and a long, layered mouthfeel.

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.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Emilion
Brand Château-Fonplégade
  • wa94+

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.

Robert Parker, February 2013
  • ws90

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.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2013