Château Fonplégade

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend

9.1205 ratings
9.323 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Ivonne Nill

Deeper and more brooding than many other right bank wines, powerful tannins full bodied, yet surprisingly approachable blackberry/cassis/black plum fruit with moderate oak impression. 14% ABV. Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend. Winemaking program: concrete vats and French oak. Estate received organic certification in 2013, although not certified in 2012.

Deeper and more brooding than many other right bank wines, powerful tannins full bodied, yet surprisingly approachable blackberry/cassis/black plum fruit with moderate oak impression. 14% ABV. Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend. Winemaking program: concrete vats and French oak. Estate received organic certification in 2013, although not certified in 2012.

Jan 18th, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

Liked this so much, had to get another bottle. Almost all Merlot with about 5% Cab Franc, aromas of berry fruits with floral herb notes and earthy tones. On the palate blackberry and blueberry flavors with licorice and cedar notes. Fine ripe tannins, medium finish ending with toasty earthy notes and mineral character. Nice now but give it a few years. Good value for a wine that will reward with aging.

Liked this so much, had to get another bottle. Almost all Merlot with about 5% Cab Franc, aromas of berry fruits with floral herb notes and earthy tones. On the palate blackberry and blueberry flavors with licorice and cedar notes. Fine ripe tannins, medium finish ending with toasty earthy notes and mineral character. Nice now but give it a few years. Good value for a wine that will reward with aging.

Aug 22nd, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Almost all Merlot with about 5% Cab Franc, aromas of berry fruits with floral herb notes and earthy tones. On the palate blackberry and blueberry flavors with licorice and cedar notes. Fine ripe tannins but needs more time, medium finish ending with toasty earthy notes and mineral character. Nice now but give it a few years.

Almost all Merlot with about 5% Cab Franc, aromas of berry fruits with floral herb notes and earthy tones. On the palate blackberry and blueberry flavors with licorice and cedar notes. Fine ripe tannins but needs more time, medium finish ending with toasty earthy notes and mineral character. Nice now but give it a few years.

Jun 27th, 2018
Shay A
9.4

Weekly Wednesday Wine Committee and this was a special treat as not only was Weston from Montagu Wines in attendance, but Jason Moore, owner and winemaker for Modus Operandi Wines out of Napa. Blind format as always. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert.

WOW! What a showing! Most of the room guessed Napa Cab. Can’t believe this is Bordeaux. Nose had a lot of sweet fruit and oak on it. Blue and black fruit but in no way jammy. Great mineral focus. The perfect marriage of Napa and Bordeaux.

Weekly Wednesday Wine Committee and this was a special treat as not only was Weston from Montagu Wines in attendance, but Jason Moore, owner and winemaker for Modus Operandi Wines out of Napa. Blind format as always. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert.

WOW! What a showing! Most of the room guessed Napa Cab. Can’t believe this is Bordeaux. Nose had a lot of sweet fruit and oak on it. Blue and black fruit but in no way jammy. Great mineral focus. The perfect marriage of Napa and Bordeaux.

Apr 18th, 2018
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

9.0

Shows very well already, endowed with juicy black fruits, licorice, espresso, great freshness, well integrated funk and massive, ceaseless tannins.

Shows very well already, endowed with juicy black fruits, licorice, espresso, great freshness, well integrated funk and massive, ceaseless tannins.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 23rd, 2016
Jessica Doyle

About last night

About last night

Feb 5th, 2017
Todd Abrams

2004. Advanced.

2004. Advanced.

Jul 13th, 2015
Craig Brown

Still young. Earthy aromas with leather and graphite. Dark blackberry fruit. Needs decanting. Medium plus tannins, medium plus acidity. Long finish.

Still young. Earthy aromas with leather and graphite. Dark blackberry fruit. Needs decanting. Medium plus tannins, medium plus acidity. Long finish.

Apr 4th, 2015
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

9.1

This one has turned the corner and living up to its promise. A heady, powerful, maximalist style. Lush black fruit, smoke, toast, and graphite. Though revealing today, still coarse on the edges and will reward another year of cellaring.

This one has turned the corner and living up to its promise. A heady, powerful, maximalist style. Lush black fruit, smoke, toast, and graphite. Though revealing today, still coarse on the edges and will reward another year of cellaring.

Jul 19th, 2014
Stephen Pierron

Excellent representation of Saint-Émilion with aromas of earth, floral, herbs, and notes of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, and cedar. While it had low tannins, I was surprised to see so much minerality with this vintage. It was a great bottle and was decanted for over 2 hours, but definitely was not enough time and won't revisit until at least 3 more years. If you have a 2015 of this wine, my recommendation is to hold on to it as it is still very young.

Excellent representation of Saint-Émilion with aromas of earth, floral, herbs, and notes of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, and cedar. While it had low tannins, I was surprised to see so much minerality with this vintage. It was a great bottle and was decanted for over 2 hours, but definitely was not enough time and won't revisit until at least 3 more years. If you have a 2015 of this wine, my recommendation is to hold on to it as it is still very young.

Jan 13th, 2019