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Chateau Fonplegade Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2018 £57.50
Chateau Fonplegade Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe
Château Fonplégade's name (literally "fountain of plenty") was derived from the historic 13th century stone fountain that graces the estate's vineyard. It quenched the thirst of passing pilgrims for hundreds of years and continues to provide sustenance to the estate's vines in the driest vintages.
Grapevines have thrived at this exceptional site, perched on the limestone plateau that is home to Saint-Emilion's finest vineyards, since the late 1500s. In 1852, legendary wine merchant Jean-Pierre Beylot purchased the estate and built the elegant château that still stands on the property. Enchanted by the terroir, history and grandeur of the estate, with its ancient Roman pathways and graceful vine rows, Denise and Stephen Adams acquired Château Fonplégade in 2004 and spent 15 years tirelessly revitalizing the vineyards, renovating the cellar and lovingly restoring the château.
The winery takes advantage of its location on the limestone plateau and clay-limestone terraces to produce great wines of very high quality. Indeed, the vineyard, which extends over 18.5 hectares of vines divided into 27 plots, reveals a rich mosaic of soils that allows to have a great geological and geographical diversity.
The grape varieties used to produce the wines are here classic Saint Emilion: Cabernet Franc (5%), Merlot (95%)
Château Fonplégade 2018 offers us a very nice tasting. The wine shows a serious concentration of fruit for the vintage, with beautiful material in the mouth, fine tannins and a juicy finish. Beautiful pure fruit, with notes of licorice and aromas of berries. Do not hesitate to age it in your cellar.