CHATEAU FONPLEGADE

As our flagship wine, Château Fonplégade is the ultimate expression of our terroir. It is also a wine of impeccable balance, bringing together the finest attributes of our vineyard to create a complex and complete expression of Saint-Emilion winemaking. From our oldest vines grown in clay and limestone rich soils, Château Fonplégade gains its sophisticated signature minerality, as well as its sweet tannins and soft, velvety mouthfeel. Though our old-vine fruit forms the rich, compelling core of Château Fonplégade, a modest amount of grapes from somewhat younger vines is also incorporated in the blend, adding voluptuous black fruit notes and tannic structure. Château Fonplégade is aged for 18 to 24 months in 60% new French oak and 40% one-year-old cooperage.

 


THE TEAM:
OWNERS: Denise & Stephen Adams
OENOLOGISTS / CONSULTANTS: Michel Rolland & Stéphane Derenoncourt

 


THE VINEYARD:
SUPERFICY: 18,5 hectares
SOILS: Plateau calcaire et coteaux argilo-calcaire
SITUATION: Château Belair-Monange, Canon Lagaffelière, L’Angelus et Canon
AGE AVERAGE OF OUR VINES: 30 ans
YIELDING PRODUCTION : 8400 pieds/hectare

 


VINIFICATION AND AGEING:
VINIFICATION : Cuves bois tronconiques et barriques 500L (25%)
VATTING TIME: 35 à 40 jours
AGEING: 18 à 24 mois
BARRELS: 85% neuves, 15% cuves ovoïdales en ciment
YIELDING : 30 Hl/Ha

 


THE WINE:
VARIETALS: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
PRODUCTION: 3500 Cases
ORGANIC : since 2013

 


NOTES:

 

2010
94+/100 Robert Parker
90-91/100 James Suckling
14/20 Bettane & Dessauve
14.5-15/20 Revue du Vin de France
18.5/20 Gault & Millau

 

2012
91-93/100 Robert Parker
91-93/100 Robert Parker
90-92/100 Neal Martin
17/20 Gault & Millau
14,50/20 Vinum
16/20 Bettane & Desseauve

2011
Bronze Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2014
92-94/100 Robert Parker
16-16.5/20 Bettane & Dessauve
15-15.5/20 Revue du Vin de France
17/20 Gault & Millau
93/100 The Wine Patriot
91-93/100 Jeff Leve
90-91/100 James Suckling
15-15.5/20 Vinum

 

 

2013
91-92/100 Michel Bettane
91-93/100 Wine Spectator
89-91/100 Neal Martin
17.50 Gault Millau


2014
Antonio Galloni 90-93/100
Neal Martin: 89-91/100
Wine Spectator: 89-92/100
Bernard Burtschy: 16.5/20
Vinum: 16/20 (EP)

ARCHIVED TECHNICAL SHEETS FOR DOWNLOAD

  Château Fonplégade

Chateau Fonplégade Technical Sheet – 2014                                                                        

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Chateau Fonplégade Technical Sheet – 2013

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Chateau Fonplégade Technical Sheet – 2012

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Chateau Fonplégade Technical Sheet – 2011

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Chateau Fonplégade Technical Sheet – 2010

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Chateau Fonplégade Technical Sheet – 2009

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Chateau Fonplégade Technical Sheet – 2008

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Chateau Fonplégade Technical Sheet – 2007

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Chateau Fonplégade Technical Sheet – 2006

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Chateau Fonplégade Technical Sheet – 2005

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Chateau Fonplégade Technical Sheet – 2004

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