The impressive 18.5ha property, situated close to the famous Château Angelus, belongs to Americans Denise and Stephen Adams who, with the advice of Michel Rolland and Stéphane Derenoncourt are now producing one of the best value for money Grand Crus in St.Emilion.
A stunning bouquet, very forward and youthful, showing fragrance and perfume. The palate is rich, ripe and thick, balanced and cut through with lovely freshness and hints of chocolate, spice, herbs and roasted plum. The wine goes on and on, filling out and becoming more fleshy and yet always there is structure and a lovely acidity.
A perfect partner for roast rack of lamb served pink.
Aged in 60% new oak, with 20% in 'Pearle' barrels.
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Fonplegade opens with a very savory nose of smoked meats, tapenade, sautéed herbs and beef drippings over a core of plum preserves, chocolate-covered cherries and cedar chest plus wafts of violets and cigars. Medium to full-bodied, the palate possesses both intensity and elegance, with the black fruit layers superbly framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate