2015 Château Fonplégade St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note


2015 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

Still youthful as expected, but the tannins are starting to soften and the wine is beginning to fill out. Espresso, licorice, crushed stone, flowers and sweet, juicy plums show on the nose and the refined, mineral-driven, fresh palate. Perhaps another 4-5 years are needed before the wine really starts popping. It is going to be worth the wait.

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Black licorice, truffle, smoke, ripe, sweet, dark red berries and cherry notes might be what you notice first. But it is the elegant, sensuous, silky textures that you feel when tasting the fresh, luscious fruits and salty tannins, with its length and purity that leaves the biggest impression.

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From a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, this is a winner. There is a solid depth of color, the nose shows off its cocoa, black plum and even dark cherry nuances with ease. There is a floral note that stands out in the crowd. In the finish, the wine is full bodied, elegant, fresh and long, with stony character to the ripe fruits.

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Showing a good depth of color, the wine kicks off with dark chocolate covered plums, flowers and crushed rock aromatics before you discover the elegant, silky, polished tannins and sweet, fresh, pure, dark red fruits in the finish. At least 6-8 years in the cellar will add a lot this wine.

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Forest floor, truffle, smoke, licorice and sweet, ripe plum and cherry notes, this wine is sensuous, silky and packed with fresh fruits and crushed rocks that leave you with an elegant sensation of just-picked, sun-ripened cherries. Harvested from September 18 to October 6, the wine was made from a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.5. This is the first vintage for Stephane Derenoncourt at the estate.

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Chateau Fonplegade Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Fonplegade, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Fonplegade is much better with at least 10-15 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, or more.

This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Fonplegade offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-30 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Fonplegade with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Fonplegade is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Fonplegade is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau Fonplegade is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.

The Adams family also own vineyards in Napa Valley, located on Howell Mountain. They produce a California Cabernet Sauvignon based wine and Sauvignon Blanc which are sold under the name of ADAMVS.