This St Emilion Grand Cru is a fresh and forward-style blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, showing deep notes of red fruit and berries. Velvety tannins and an enticing acidity provide a long and pleasant finish.
The second wine of big brother Château Fonplégade, which was included in the original 1955 classification of Grand Cru status but it's quality has shot even further upward since the estate was acquired by Denise and Stephen Adams in 2004.
Their changes have been pioneering. First and foremost, they led the charge to handle the vineyards via biodynamic principles – the ultra level beyond organic farming, whihc is not so common in Bordeaux.
As is typical of Saint Emilion, this is packed with Merlot, which accounts for the richness. It is Juicy and soft, with a hint of black plum juice, it's balanced by a core of tannins and finishes with acidity. This wine is characterized by a sophisticated minerality, consistent from year to year, with soft and supple tannins and a velvety texture. It is made from the estate's oldest vines, meticulously hand-farmed using organic and biodynamic practices to bring out the finest quality in each cluster. Predominantly Merlot, the blend includes just enough Cabernet Franc to imbue the wine with an elegant tannic structure.
Full bodied, balanced, flavourful and affordable. This 'Fleur de Fonplegade' is one of those wines that is so often the go-to bottle for the local Bordelaise people after a day's work.
The palate is fruity, balanced and offers juiciness, a tangy frame, minerality and good definition. This wine expresses notes of juicy / pulpy blackberry, crushed cassis and bright raspberry with touches of racy minerality, salinity, tobacco as well as hints of caramelization and a subtle notes of almond. Tannins are precise, fine and racy and finishes with good length
Ready to drink, but can cellaring another 5 years (2028)