2015 Fonplégade, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253105 95-96 points James Suckling

 Very powerful and chewy with super concentration of tannins and richness. Full and superbly structured. Made from certified organically grown grapes. Best ever from here.  (3/2016)

91-94 points Vinous

 One of the more intriguing wines of the year, the 2015 Fonplégade is powerful and exuberant, yet retains a mid-weight sense of structure. Black cherry, plum, spice, menthol and licorice are some of the many notes that flesh out in the glass. Dark, sumptuous and impeccable in its balance, the 2015 shows the more modern side of Saint-Émilion. This is a highly promising showing from Fonplégade in the first vintage made by consulting oenologists Stéphane Derenoncourt and Romain Bocchio. (AG)  (4/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Fonplegade has a tightly wound bouquet, broodier than its peers, a subtle marine influence filtering through the red and black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannin, perhaps falling a little short of the sophistication and complexity that I was anticipating coming through on the nose. Perhaps this is a wine not showing on the day, because this estate can produce excellent Saint Émilion wine, hence the question mark against my score for now. 90-92? (NM)  (4/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This is richly layered, offering boysenberry, fig and cassis flavors that stay fresh and focused, with fine chalky minerality buried throughout. Shows a toasted edge, revealing hints of espresso and tobacco, but they are easily matched by the fruit. This will age nicely. Best from 2020 through 2030. (JM)  (3/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 A Stéphane Derenoncourt wine. Very dark crimson. Silky ripe freshness. Very seductive and well balanced. Racy and lifted. A bit forward, but nothing exaggerated here. (JR)  (4/2016)

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Saint Emilion