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DECEMBER 2012 : OUR WINTER RECEPTION

On December, 8th, our Club de Vin Members had the chance to meet with M. Garde: local producer of sea lamprey, foie gras and boletus mushroom since 1955. This Winter Reception around local food traditions was a delicious preview of the upcoming holiday season!

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CHATEAU FONPLEGADE 2009: DECANTER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Of the 435 Bordeaux wines submitted for Decanter panel tastings over the past year, 129 were rated “Highly Recommended” or “Oustanding”.
“Château Fonplégade 2009: Highly Recommended. Opulent aromas of abundant fruit, spice and herb. It has a big, juicy palate with masses of flavor and a broad-based finish. A serious, almost exemplary modern St Emilion. Plenty to enjoy. Drink 2013-2020. 17/20 – (90/100)”

Also, Château Fonplégade is listed as one of the 25 best-value Bordeaux 2012.

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LES RENCONTRES VINICOLES DE LAUSANNE, NOVEMBER 19th

Château Fonplégade and Château L’Enclos participated to the 1st edition of the « Rencontres Vinicoles de Lausanne » on November, 19th. 
This professional trade show features an exclusive tasting of 80 properties or chateaux among the best of their region. This edition was organized with the partnership of the Swiss Association of Sommeliers.

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CHATEAU FONPLEGADE 2009 : 94/100 BY ANDREAS LARSSON

Very inky and bright colour, perfumed with hints of violet, dark cherry, blackberry, cassis and spices, the palate is very dense and concentrated with layers of dark fruit, very powdery tannins that add freshness and length, really nice grip and an extremely long finish, still young and unresolved but with a huge potential. 94/100.
TASTED JOURNAL, Andreas Larsson, Best Sommelier of the world 2007

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CHATEAU FONPLEGADE RENOVATION PROJECT

We received the first delivery of trees on November, 16th, as the first step of an ambitious renovation project to further enhance the natural beauty of Château Fonplégade!
Highlights of the new project include remodeling of the gardens, extending the terrace by the tasting room, and improving the parking lot area and access.
Throughout our renovation, we will be open our customary hours, and offering all of our signature experiences.

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PRESS COMMENT ON CHATEAU L’ENCLOS 2010


‘The elegance of merlot, with hints of violet and small fruits (red currant, raspberry), a very beautiful tannic structure and a long and fresh finish. With a rib steak and mushrooms.’

A selection from Alain Marty, president of the Wine & Business Club, published in Direct Matin, October 30th.

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OCTOBER, 18th: HARVEST LUNCHEON AT FONPLEGADE

The owners and the team of Fonplégade and Château l’Enclos celebrated the end of 2012 harvest. This was a way to renew with the local tradition of the “Gerbaude” celebration!

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OCTOBER, 25th: TERRE DE VINS TASTING

 

Terre de Vins magazine organized a tasting at the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux on October, 25th. 2009 vintage was in honor, from Pomerol and "Cercle Rive Droite“. More than 350 guests could taste Château Fonplégade 2009 !

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OCTOBER, 12th : YOUNG PRESIDENTS’ ORGANIZATION

 

The group YPO Mayfair came to spend one evening at Fonplégade

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HARVEST 2012: STARTED OCTOBER 5th

 

This year, we waited until October, 5th to harvest only young plots and followed with older plots between October 8th and 12th.

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SEPTEMBER 2012 : OUR AUTUMN RECEPTION

On September, 22nd, our technical team : Eloi, Franck and Stéphane explained to our Club de Vin Members how to select the best grapes to harvest. We also learned during this Reception how to recognize the Merlot grape, the Cabernet Franc grape and the Malbec grape.  

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SEPTEMBER: GUIDE HACHETTE FAVORITE

This is great news for Château Fonplégade 2009: the wine is distinguished as one favorite by French Wine Guidebook “Guide Hachette” in 2013’s edition! The comment tells how they fell in love with our wine and how perfect is the 2009!_____________________________________________________________________

   
   

AUGUST, 31ST: TONY PARKER VISITS FONPLEGADE

On the occasion of an exhibition game in Bordeaux, Tony Parker came to enjoy a private tour at Château Fonplégade.

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JULY, 19TH: WAUD WINE CLUB VISIT  

The « Waud Wine Club » stopped at Chateau Fonplegade during their Tour de Vin 2012. We had the pleasure to welcome them on July, 19th. 

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JULY, 17TH: VERTICAL TASTING FOR THE PRESS

 

We had the honor to welcome five famous journalists for a vertical tasting of Château Fonplégade (Vintages 2004 to 2011) followed by a diner at the Orangerie. Among the guests:  Bernard Burtschy (Le Figaro, l'Avis du Vin), Ian d'Agata, (International Wine Cellar, USA), Peter Moser (Falstaf, Austria), Abi Duhr (Vinomagazine, Belgium), Xiang Gao (WineSpirit, China). We had the pleasure to share this evening with our friends of Château Franc Mayne, Guadet and Destieux, three St Emilion Grand Crus Classés.

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JUNE 2012 : OUR SUMMER RECEPTION

 

To each season its Reception! On June 23rd, our Club de Vin Members were able to compare our Fleur de Fonplégade Rosé 2010 and 2011, in an idyllic summer poolside setting surrounded by Fonplégade’s vineyard! A quiz around the topic of Rosé also entertained this Summer Reception. 

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JUNE 2012 JJ BUCKLEY / NEIL MECHANIC

 


CHATEAU L’ENCLOS 2011: SCORE 92-94 points
"L’Enclos is made up of 38 plots of vines planted on 3 terraces of the blue clay soil unique to the Pomerol plateau. Le Pin and Petrus are neighbors. Animal, cassis, and blackberry aromas on the nose transition to a focused mid palate with flavors of kirsch, licorice, and tapenade. The natural fruit tannins start off firm and angular then become expansive on the finish, with a clay note emerging after the fruit subsides. Mid-palate could be more substantial and should develop out with a couple of years of bottle matura-tion. A solid effort that complements the 2010 release. An estate to watch, especially with the Adams Family (owners of Fonple-gade in St. Emilion), re-investing in the winery and vineyard. Enjoy 2018-2030."
 

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EARLY JUNE 2012 : BOTTLING OF 2010 VINTAGE


Bottling time has come for the much acclaimed 2010 vintage. It’s been a treat for our visitors to watch our Winemaker Franck Jugelman gently handling the impressive 18 liters bottles, or “Melchior”, equivalent of 24 regular bottles!

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JUIN 2012 GAULT & MILLAU / PIERRE GUIGUI

CHATEAU FONPLEGADE 2011 : 17/20
C'est la révolution ! Un virage à 190° se confirme. Crémeux et d'un fruité dense avec une matière souple et fraîche. Elégance et charme des arômes sur un merlot bien mûr avec des notes kirschées Souplesse en début de bouche évoluant sur une jolie matière et une belle assise de fraîcheur qui fait ressortir les arômes de cerise noire et de prune cuite


FLEUR DE FONPLÉGADE 16/20
Un vin sexy qui apporte un plaisir savoureux. Le fruit est très juteux sur une structure très gouleyante et tendre. Vive la cerise et la framboise.

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MAY 29th-31st  - VINEXPO HONG KONG

 



Château Fonplégade was represented in Vinexpo Hong Kong 
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MAY 11th- 13th 2012 FESTIVAL PHILOSOPHIA

 


 

Château Fonplégade is partner to the Festival Philisophia, in St Emilion
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APRIL 2012 : K&L IMPORTER VISIT

The team of the American importer K & L came to taste En Primeurs 2011 of Château Fonplégade and Château l’Enclos, on April, 13th.

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APRIL 2012: ROBERT PARKER / THE WINE ADVOCATE

 


CHATEAU FONPLEGADE 2011 – SCORE 92-94/100
"Since this estate was acquired by the Adams family of America, who hired consulting oenologist Michel Rolland, the quality has soared.
The 2011 Fonplegade is another tour de force. It boasts an inky/blue/purple color in addition to copious notes of charcoal, camphor, blackberries, blueberries and spring flowers.
Opulent, fleshy, deep and impressively built, it will be drinkable in 3-4 years or can be cellared for two decades or more.
Kudos to Fonplegade!"

 

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APRIL 2012: FROM 2nd TO 5th APRIL – FUTURES 2011 TASTINGS

 


 

Château Fonplégade presented its Future 2011 at the tasting held at Château Villemaurine, St Emilion.

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MARCH 2012 : OUR SPRING RECEPTION

 

 

 
On March 24th, our Club de Vin Members could experience the art of blending during the Spring Reception that took place in our winemaking cellars. Future 2011 had pride of place with a game around batches aged in barrels against batches aged in natural cement vats…

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DECEMBER 2011 : NEAL MARTIN/WINE ADVOCATE (ROBERT PARKER)

Chateau l'Enclos 2009: 90 / 100

Tasted at the Syndicat de Pomerol. This has a fine pure bouquet with wild strawberry, raspberry and touches of cedar and truffle in the background. Nice precision. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly coarse, chalky tannins, but good weight towards the tannic, slightly brutish finish. This will need 4-5 years to mellow. Tasted November 2011.


 

DECEMBER 2011 : OUR WINTER RECEPTION - WINE AND CHEESE TASTING
 

On December 10th, we held our annual winter reception for our wine club members with the special participation of the Jean d'Alos Company, renowned cheese maker and refiner.

 

SEPTEMBER 2011 : HARVEST LUNCHEON
 

On September 29th, the whole team of Château Fonplégade and Château l'Enclos gathered over a lovely homemade lunch to celebrate the end of the harvest under the sun.

 

SEPTEMBER 2011 : HARVEST AT CHATEAU FONPLEGADE
 

The hand-picked clusters are being delivered in crates. The berry selection is first made by hand and it goes then on an optical sorting table. This year, the selection of the grapes has been very meticulous at Château Fonplégade.

 

JULY 2011 : ANTOINE GERBELLE AT CHATEAU FONPLEGADE
 

  Antoine Gerbelle
Revue du Vin de France
On July 20th, Antoine Gerbelle, famous wine lover and taster for the very notorious French Magazine La Revue du Vin de France, came to Château Fonplegade to taste the 2008 and 2009 vintages of 66 classified growths of Saint Emilion.
Final ratings 16/20 vintage 2008 and 16/20 vintage 2009.

 

JULY 2011 : JAZZ AND WINE AT CHATEAU FONPLEGADE
 

 
On July 7th 2011, Château Fonplégade hosted great artists such as Billy Hart, Glenn Ferris, Jean-Jacques Quesada etc…for the Jazz and Wine Festival.