2005 Fonplegade, St-Emilion

SKU #1043788 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There is no question that the Adams family (Americans) have done an incredible job resurrecting the quality of this famous estate on the hillsides of St.-Emilion. The 2005 exhibits a saturated opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of black cherry and cassis fruit, some serious power, extract and richness, high tannin, and a hint of earthy minerality. Full-bodied, rich, and still strikingly youthful, this wine has another 20-25 years ahead of it. (NM)  (6/2015)

92 points James Suckling

 This is a rich and powerful red still with lots of toasted oak and ripe fruit. Almost raisin character. Still needs time to soften but a big and concentrated style. Buttery new wood. Almost new world.  (10/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Huge, bitter chocolate-flavored wine, spiced with cinnamon, sweet herbs and intense new wood flavors. It benefits from very ripe fruit, but with all its great richness, the wine manages to keep a sense of balance, the acidity cutting through the opulence to leave a fresh finish. (RV)  (6/2009)

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Saint Emilion