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Château Fonplégade

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2018 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

Deep in color, the showy nose with its easily findable flowers, rocks, licorice, smoke, black raspberries and black cherries asserts its presence. But the real show takes place when all that perfectly ripe, velvet textured, silky, mineral driven fruit hits your palate. The volume, intensity, sweetness, lift and oceanic influences vibrate in the finish. After 14 years of a spare no expense attitude from Denise and Stephen Adams to make the best wine possible, clearly they have upped their game with the 2018 Fonplegade. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and reached 14% alcohol. The harvest took place September 13 to September 29. 94-96 Pts

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2017 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Floral in nature, you\'ll also find licorice, spice box, sandalwood and plummy aromatics on the nose. On the palate, the wine is fresh with an intense mineral character. Once past the rocks and stones, the red fruits are sweet, bright, quite fresh and finesse driven. The finish is long with ripe, salty, red berries and plenty of verve. Made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.45. The harvest took place September 13 to September 29.

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2016 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

With the 2016 there is length, density and purity of fruit, along with elegance, harmony and a fabulous, rock strewn character. The fruit is ripe, fresh, long and complex. Hang onto this wine for at least a decade and it's going to be a gem! The wine was made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

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Deep ruby-purple in color with a spicy set of aromatics, this is made even more complicated by dark cherries and plums. This wine is rich, sultry and silky, competing with, and perhaps exceeding, the very strong 2015. This is going to be a fun back-to-back vintage to compare over the next few decades. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and reached 14.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.45.

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2015 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

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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2014 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Forward, softy textured, medium bodied wine, with a fresh spicy character to its, black raspberry and plum fruits. Give this a few years for more secondary development, while waiting for the next 2, subsequent vintages to develop.

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Espresso bean, dark red fruits, supple textures and a blast of chocolate-covered plum are found on the nose. This elegant, fresh, mineral-driven wine offers black raspberries and juicy dark plums in the finish. Made from a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.4. 89-91 Pts

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2013 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

An already developed, truffle, tobacco and plum nose allows you to move to the medium/full bodied, sweet, fresh, red and dark red berry filled wine. The wine is soft, and easy to drink, but there is a hint of dryness in the finish.

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This shows good color for the vintage along with its truffle, tobacco, spice and black raspberry aromas. Soft, polished and round, this has a nice sensation of minerality paired with the fresh, black raspberry finish. 90-92 Pts

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2012 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

The wine continues to flesh out as it ages. Loads of licorice, stone, flowers, black cherry and plum notes, with just a hint of espresso bean. Rich, silky, round and fresh, give it 5 years in the bottle and it should be even better.

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Incense, espresso, dark chocolate and black plum notes create the aromatic profile. The forward styled wine is on the red berry side of the style range with a fresh, clean finish.

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95% Merlot and 5% and Cabernet Franc produced the blend. Deep in color, with a stony, black raspberry filled nose. On the palate, the wine offers sweet, black cherries and a dark chocolate, black plum, round finish. 90-92 Pts

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2011 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

With a complex set of aromatics consisting of smoke, espresso bean, tobacco, 5 spice, black cherries and earth, this medium bodied, soft, forward wine ends with a spicy, black raspberry sensation.

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The wine was bottled in July. Minerality, coffee bean, blackberry, spice and smoke notes open to a forward, medium bodied wine with sweet, bright, spicy red fruits. There is some dryness in the finish.

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From 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol and represents 65% of the production. This deeply colored wine begins with fennel, stone, coffee and black cherry aromas and opens to a wine filled with sweet, round and fresh blackberries. 91-93 Pts

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2010 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Continuing to flesh out, the wine is rich, concentrated and fresh, with depth of flavor, silky, dark plums and licorice galore. A few more years will make this even better!

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Slowly but surely, this keeps getting better and better. The color remains dark. Full bodied, rich, concentrated and complex, the licorice, truffle, floral and plum notes build in the mouth. If you like wines young, pop a cork, but it is almost primary. Else, wait another 5 years.

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Starting to close down, so this is not the best time to be tasting it. You will need to give it a few hours of air before the wine opens to deliver its mineral driven, plummy, smoke and licorice essence. The wine is structured to age and improve, but it feels like 5-10 years of cellaring are warranted.

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Lush, round and supple in texture, this rich, polished, fresh wine delivers a lot of clean, pure berries, licorice, stone and espresso beans. The tannins and ripe, polished and sweet, there is good freshness in the finish.

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Sporting a new label, rich in color, licorice, truffle, black cherry and coffee scents couple with silky, rich, textures, round tannins and a mineral infused, long, fresh, ripe, black plum and spice filled finish.

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Fonplegade From 91% Merlot 5 % Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in 80% new oak, this is the first vintage for the new managing director Jean-Christophe Meyrou, who previously occupied the same position at Le Gay and La Violette in Pomerol. Malolactic finished in late March, the wine was just opening up when tasted. Licorice, spice, jammy berries and vanilla scents opened to a wine with medium/full body, round textures and a ripe licorice, spice and jammy berry finish. 89-91 Pts

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2009 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

On its way to maturity, secondary aromatics are starting to surface. With just a little coaxing, licorice, smoke, espresso, herbs and plums come out. Soft, vibrant and fruity, with a touch of oak in the finish, you can drink this now, or age it for another 2-4 more years.

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Ripe, opulent, deep, sweet, lusty fruits, espresso, smoke, licorice and dark chocolate permeate the aromatics. Young, but so plush, with its low acid, forward style, you can drink it, or age it further.

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This just keeps getting better each time I taste it. Soft, lush, polished and silky, with pure, sweet, ripe, black cherries, earth, smoke, licorice and espresso scents on the nose. The tannins are smooth, the fruit is sweet and this has the structure to age. Plus the price is right!

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Licorice, smoke, coffee, stone and ripe black cherry, rich, ripe and round, the wine finishes with blackberry, minerality and fresh red and black plums. This needs time to come together

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2008 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Truffles pop up first before you move to the smoky, red fruits and spice scents. On the palate the wine is medium/full bodied, and moves from sweet, bright, red fruits to darker red berries and back to the tart side of the style range. There is a softness to the fruits, along with an oaky sensation in the mouth and finish. This is a nice wine, but at Fonplegade today, with their focus on producing the best wine possible, it is easy to see how much they have really stepped up their game.

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Fresh mint, cocoa, fennel and juicy plum scents, medium/full bodied with soft textures, this wine ends with spicy dark cherries.

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Licorice, coffee, blackberry, plum and stone aromas are found with some effort. Full bodied and filled with mocha, along with ripe, sweet, licorice tinged black and red fruit, this round St. Emilion wine should offer a lot of pleasure after it integrates in 5 years, give or take a few on either end.

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2006 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Forest floor, spice box, truffle, smoke, licorice and dark red fruits are a nice treat for the nose. Close to fully mature, the secondary, earthy aromatic profiles move to ripe, sweet, fruits in the finish, but there is touch of dryness in the end note that stops the wine from getting a higher score.

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2005 Château Fonplégade  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Just starting to come alive, with its earthy, black cherry, plum, tobacco and truffle nose, the wine is soft, silky and packed with earthy, fresh, round plums. You can drink this now, or wait a few more years.

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Deep ruby with purple color and a strong, licorice, coffee bean, black plum and mineral nose opens to an intense, full bodied, rich, round wine. This St. Emilion wine ends with a long, licorice, chocolate and black cherry filled, supple finish.

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