2014 Fonplégade, St-Émilion (Previously $35.00)

SKU #1291314 92 points James Suckling

 Dark-berry and oyster-shell aromas follow through to a medium body, integrated tannins and a tangy finish. An almost burnt lemon undertone. Linear and polished. Very solid. Drink in 2019.  (2/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Château Fonplegade 2014 has a surprisingly light and reserved bouquet: pretty and floral but requiring a couple of minutes to get into its stride. The palate is medium-bodied with good backbone, a little edginess coming through with aeration, although it remains stubborn and linear on the finish. It just needs barrel aging to knit the component parts together. Presuming that it does, then it will be a fine Saint Emilion. (NM)  (4/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This has a succulent core of steeped plum and blackberry notes inlaid with ganache and licorice snap accents, all of which knit well through the finish, where a light chalk hint echoes, adding effective contrast. Offers a lingering mouthwatering feeling. This could be sneakily long in the cellar. Drink now through 2020. 3,500 cases made. (JM)  (3/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 (Barrel Sample) This is a juicy wine that has attractive fruitiness as well as a dry structure. The palate oscillates between fruit and tannin without one dominating the other. (RV)  (4/2015)

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2017 | Send Email
I was immediately taken in by this wine, both by the deep-fruited aromatics on the nose and the concentrated palate of rich fruit that lasted for over a minute on the finish. The price, however, doesn't seem to match up with the quality when it comes to Chateau Fonplegade, and when you learn about the location of the vineyards the discrepancy becomes even more compelling. All the fruit from Fonplegade comes from the south slope of St. Emilion and it backs up into Belair-Monage and Ausone, whose wines sell for a helluva a lot more than $34.99, let me tell you. Personally, I haven't had many experiences with Fonplegade, but this is a wine that instantly grabbed my attention at our last tasting with its depth and beauty. It's the kind of wine that makes you want to dig deeper into the storied wines of St. Emilion, which is exactly what I've been doing since tasting it.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2017 | Send Email
Fabulous 2014 but on the modern side for you old school lovers. Rich, thick, lush, mouth-coating wine. Super sweet and oaky aromas too. Toasty oak abounds on the palate. Rather full-bodied, fat and rich. I love it.
Drink from 2018 to 2028

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2017 | Send Email
A somewhat oaky and very very fragrant bouquet leads to a rather lush middle of steeped dark plum and blackberry fruit. This is on the modern side but balanced with touches of spice, hints of mineral and some fine tannin.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2017 | Send Email
The first word I wrote down in my notebook for the 2014 Fonplegade was “Elegance”. Beautiful blue and black fruit is well-balanced by excellent oak integration and silky smooth tannins. One of my favorite of the vintage from the right-bank so far.

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion