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2014 Fonplégade, St-Emilion

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)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Fonplegade has an almost opaque bouquet that demanded continuous swirling of the glass before it reluctantly offered blackberry, raspberry and cedar wood aromas, just a touch of fireside hearth in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, the acidity finely tuned with a voluminous and vigorous finish of redcurrant jam, raspberry and black pepper. There is a lot going on in this Fonplegade and the persistence suggests that it will age over a decade or more. (NM)  (3/2017)

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. (JM)  (3/2017)

89-90 points Wine Enthusiast

 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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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2017 | Send Email
This opens with a nice spiced perfume on the nose. The palate shows black fruits, plums, toasted oak, and herbal undertones with very soft texture that comes into focus on the back end with nice tannins and balancing acid. This is an immensely drinkable, mostly Merlot (95%) St. Emilion.

Staff Image 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.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2017 | Send Email
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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

Staff Image 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.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion