2011 Fonplégade, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Since this estate was acquired by the Adams family of America, who hired consulting oenologist Michel Rolland, the quality has soared. The 2011 Fonplegade is another tour de force. It boasts an inky/blue/purple color in addition to copious notes of charcoal, camphor, blackberries, blueberries and spring flowers. Opulent, fleshy, deep and impressively built, it will be drinkable in 3-4 years or can be cellared for two decades or more. Kudos to Fonplegade!
A bold, modern style, with overt spice aromatics and mouthfilling blueberry compote, plum sauce and fig paste flavors. Dark anise and graphite fill in on the finish. Not shy, but pulls it off.
Solid wine for the vintage with dark fruits and sweet tobacco. Full body, with silky tannins and a balanced finish.
This is a rich, soft, full-bodied wine with smooth tannins and fat plum fruits.
**V This property is on a roll. A must-buy 2011. Trey: Dark and inky in the mouth, graphite and slate, minerals sweet minerals. Still very tannic on the finish and big. Should age well--there is enough fruit to cellar. Great freshness. AP: This is an up-and-coming property. They have a new rich American owner and a great young director in Jean-Christophe Meyrou, and with the help of famed oenologist Michel Rolland some great things are happening here. Besides being an incredible value, it is also one of the best wines we tasted on our entire trip. Black raspberry, plum, spice and red berry fruit, all perfectly integrated. Noticeable tannins, but layered and integrated well. Very tasty and racy; this wine is so sleek and seductive it feels like a super model.