Château Fonplegade was renovated in the 2000’s and certified organic in 2013. Owner Stephen & Denise Adams who also own Chateau l’Enclos in pomerol, consulted renown oenologist Michel Rolland.
Their grand vin has generous black fruit and mineral notes and a velvety palate with sweet tannins. It has received great scores from wine critics in recent years.
“A well-crafted and refined red with plums, raspberries and hints of minerals. Precise and polished. Full body, fine tannins and a long finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Better in 2018.” – 92 pts, James Suckling
French dry red wine from Saint Emilion in Bordeaux France made with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Organic.
Château Fonplegade was founded by Jean Pierre Beyot in 1852 on south hillside of Saint-Emilion. He decided to build the castle still in use today and increased the vineyard superficy to its current size. This beautiful estate has the particularity to include an ancient Roman path leading to the fountain of Château Fonplegade. The wines produced were already very successful in the past and the grand vin was ranked as a 1er cru classé until the 1940’s. Since 2004 the domain belongs to Stephen & Denise Adams who also own Chateau l’Enclos in Pomerol and White Cottage Winery in Napa Valley. They renovated both cellar, winery and vineyards which were certified organic in 2013. They also consulted renown oenologist Michel Rolland and today Château Fonplegade is receiving great scores from wine critics. View our selection.
The estate spreads over 18.5 hectares of vine split in 27 individual vineyard blocks and, planted with Merlot and Cabernet Franc which are 25 years old on average. Since Stephen and Denise took over the land they have lowered their yield by 30% in order to increase the quality of their wine. They use both traditional Bordeaux and Burgundy barrels, as well as six egg-shaped concrete tanks for their microvinifications. The grand vin ages 18 to 24 months in 60% new French oak and 40% one year old barrel.
They produce three wines, the grand vin Chateau Fonplegade, the second wine Fleur de Fonplegade, and a rosé under the same name.