Château Fonplégade

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend

9.214 ratings
9.23 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
Shay A
9.3

Monthly WTF group. Theme this month was merlot. All wines tasted blind.

My guess was domestic and that it was a 2013-2015. Very surprised this was French. I found it to be a very modern expression. Ripe fruits, licorice, plum, cassis, and just a faint hint of leather at last sip. I imagine its French pedigree would have shown itself more as the night went on. Really enjoyed this.

Monthly WTF group. Theme this month was merlot. All wines tasted blind.

My guess was domestic and that it was a 2013-2015. Very surprised this was French. I found it to be a very modern expression. Ripe fruits, licorice, plum, cassis, and just a faint hint of leather at last sip. I imagine its French pedigree would have shown itself more as the night went on. Really enjoyed this.

Feb 13th, 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
Vanessa D

Dark red fruit, fig, dried cherries, saddle leather, anise, smoked meat, nicely balanced.

Dark red fruit, fig, dried cherries, saddle leather, anise, smoked meat, nicely balanced.

Mar 24th, 2019
Kay Mills

Liked drank with Jim & Sue at beach, 2-14-18

Liked drank with Jim & Sue at beach, 2-14-18

Feb 17th, 2019
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
M. Christopher Roebuck

Wow, quite nice balance in it's youth.

92+ points

Wow, quite nice balance in it's youth.

92+ points

Sep 25th, 2018
Tim Casady

Tim had this 23 days ago

Tim had this 23 days ago

Mar 31st, 2019
Jeff S
9.2

Jeff had this 8 months ago

Jeff had this 8 months ago

Sep 1st, 2018
Michael Sullivan

Michael had this 8 months ago

Michael had this 8 months ago

Aug 29th, 2018