2012 Fonplégade, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1128666 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Fonplegade, a major success for the vintage, possesses a dense purple color along with sweet blueberry, black raspberry and crushed chalk-like notes intermixed with a hint of spring flowers. Sweet tannins, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and excellent fruit, texture, opulence and richness suggest it will drink well for 12-15 years.  (4/2013)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Owned by American Stephen Adams, Château Fonplégade showcases a rich and modern style of wine with smooth tannins and a velvet texture. Intensely concentrated on the finish.  (4/2013)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 Features a core of plum, raspberry and cassis, encased for now in polished toast and singed anise notes. A frankly modern style, with solid fruit, flesh and depth.  (4/2013)

91 points James Suckling

 Plenty of fruit and integrated tannins with berries, spices and fresh herbs. Full and chewy. Well done.  (4/2013)

87-89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining purple-ruby. Sweet raspberry, dark cherry and cinnamon on the nose. Clean and juicy on the palate, with dense dark berry and plum flavors complicated by flowers and smoke. Finishes with sneaky, perfumed persistence and building peppery tannins that remain smooth. A very good showing.  (6/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Deep dark cherry colour. Refined, almost peppery nose with lots of pure dark fruit. Sweet malty/chocolate oak on the palate and a bit flat on the finish. Tannins are ripe and a bit chewy.  (4/2013)

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Saint Emilion