A Tasting of Château Fonplégade with Denise Adams, Bangers, Moorgate, 10th October, 2019, 6.30pm SOLD OUT

Date: Thursday 10th October 2019
Venue: Bangers, 2 Wilson Street, Moorgate, London, EC2M 2TE
Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: £125 per person, including aperitif, tasting & 4 course menu
Tasting Masterclass & Supper Vouchers may also be used to book this event (£55 surcharge per person)
Maximum tickets per customer: 4
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Davy’s Tastings offer unique opportunities to sample wines from the world’s great wine producing regions and to taste under expert guidance in a convivial atmosphere. For this tasting, we are delighted to welcome Denise Adams, owner if the fantastic Château for a great evening of and fine food.

Château Fonplégade is one of the most beautiful and exquisite in St-Emilion, the name Fonplegade literally means the “fountain of plenty”. The vines have thrived at this exceptional site, perched on the limestone plateau that is home to Saint-Emilion’s finest vineyards, since the late 1500s. The wine is made from the estate’s oldest vines, meticulously hand-farmed using organic and biodynamic practices to bring out the finest quality in each cluster. The Château is now owned by Denise and Stephen Adams who acquired Fonplégade in 2004. They have spent the last 15 years tirelessly revitalizing the vineyards, renovating the cellar and lovingly restoring the château. It is now one of the best estates in Saint-Émilion.

After a Champagne reception, Denise will talk us through the history of the winery and winemaking in Saint-Emilion. We’ll taste some of the estate’s finest vintages and we’ll have an opportunity to look at the second wine, ‘Fleur de Fonplégade’ and explore how the grand vin influences its earlier drinking sibling. The tasting is followed by a specially prepared supper, with a wine paired with each course and Denise on hand to answer any questions.

2018 Château Fonplegade, Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion – En Primeur – Case of 6x75cl IB SOLD OUT

Château Fonplegade belongs to Stephen & Denise Adams who also own Château 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 renowned oenologist Michel Rolland and today Château Fonplegade is receiving great scores from wine critics.

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2012 Fleur de Fonpleglade, 2nd wine of Château Fonplegade St Emilion

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 to make powerful wines from the right bank. Their second wine offers a vibrant expression of the estate’s vineyard, highlighting lush, generous fruit, velvety tannins and elegant length.

Aged for 15 months in 1 year old French oak barrels. Intense bouquet with blackebrry adn rdberry fruits and hints of leather. Fullbodied and round with an elegant acidity and good length.

2018 Château Fonplegade, Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion – En Primeur – Case of 6x75cl IB

2018 Château Fonplegade, Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion is now released.

Wines offered under bond and/ or en primeur exclude duty & VAT. The price shown is per case as listed below. For more information please see T&Cs at the bottom of this page

Château Fonplegade belongs to Stephen & Denise Adams who also own Château 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 renowned oenologist Michel Rolland and today Château Fonplegade is receiving great scores from wine critics.

Offered for sale ‘En Primeur’ under bond. Price shown is per case (6x75cl bottles) and excludes UK duty and VAT which will be charged at the prevailing rate when the wine is released from bond. Onward delivery from bond charges are not included, free delivery on orders above £100 does not apply. Reward Card points are not accruable or redeemable on ‘En Primeur’ or In Bond sales.

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2014 Château Fonplegade, Grand Cru St Emilion

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 to make powerful wines from the right bank.

Generous black fruits and mineral notes. Rich and big on the palate with velvety and sweet tannins. Great length.

Davy’s Fine Wine Tasting, St James’s, 9th October 2019, 5.30pm

Date: Wednesday 9th October 2019
Venue: Davy’s at St James’s, Crown Passage, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 6QY
Time: 5.30pm – 8.00pm (please arrive by 7pm at very latest to allow time to taste)
Tickets: £35.00 (Fully refundable on purchases on the night of £500 or more)
Maximum tickets per customer: 4

An informal walk around tasting of over 70 wines and an opportunity to meet some of the wine-makers and people behind the wines, as well as ask questions and advice from our Fine Wine team and our Master of Wine, Martin Everett. Wines on show will include the magnificent range from Grower Champagne house, Dumenil, a strong selection of Burgundy & Bordeaux from villages level to Grand Cru and Cru Classé and many more from across Europe and further afield. Denise Adams, owner of Grand Cru Classé St. Emilion property, Château Fonplégade, will be showing off an impressive vertical of recent vintages.

Our exciting exclusive, new to us for the Bordeaux primeurs earlier this year, Ch. George 7’s wine-maker and owner Sally Evans will be showing her 2017 & 2018 and we’re also delighted to welcome Miguel Merino to Davy’s, owner of Bodegas Miguel Merino, one of the most prestigious wineries in Rioja, frequently ranked by critics amongst the top producers in the region.

Hot USA property Realm Cellars successfully launched their 2016 ‘The Bard’ (99 Points WA) with Davy’s earlier this year and we’re delighted to be able to give our customers a first taste of this and two other exciting wines from the USA.

This evening will also see the launch of a brilliantly exciting new single vineyard Semillon project from genius wine-maker Rikus Neethling of Bizoe Vineyards in Stellenbosch. Launching three Semillons from two single vineyards, Rikus’ aim is to rival the wines of the Hunter Valley. Following conversations with Bruce Tyrell at Tyrell’s in the Hunter and realising through his research that many of the original Semillon vines in the Hunter came from Cape, Rikus has been on a mission to create fascinating wines with huge potential for ageing. We expect these wines to sell out on the night; definitely a Fine Wine release not to be missed.

If you wish you book a table for supper afterwards, you can do so by clicking here, alternatively, you can call the bar directly on 020 7839 8831 to make your reservation.

Pour Me, Store Me Gift Box

The ‘grand vin’ Ch Fonplegade 2014 to lay down and second wine Fleur de Fonplegade 2012 nearing its peak for drinking, make a very memorable gift which your recipient will treasure for years. Presented in a premium textured red card presentation box which is sure to impress.

1 x Ch. Fonplegalde 2014, St Emilion
1 x Fleur de Fonplegade 2012, St E,milion

Every gift is carefully hand packed. Personalised messages can be added to each parcel.

Bordeaux En Primeur 2018

Inimitable style in a unique vintage

From the 1st to 5th April our Fine Wine team were in Bordeaux tasting their way through the 2018 vintage from barrel. A vintage that has been super-hyped over the last few months, even lauded by some as ‘equal to 2016….’. View all 2018 Bordeaux releases here.

The Vintage

With the Bordeaux marketing machine having worked its magic, Davy’s team arrived in cheerful mood. It wasn’t long though before it was explained that the vintage was very nearly a write-off. A very wet winter followed by an enormously soggy spring led to a strong threat of downy mildew, which can lower yields dramatically and ruin grapes that become infected. This was a particular threat to wineries that follow strict Organic and Biodynamic principles, where the use of fungicides is prohibited. However, all was not lost, and successful flowering in May and June was followed by a wonderful summer with the perfect amount of rain in June and July. Sunny, dry weather followed from July through to October, leading to optimal harvest conditions. Though there are high tannin and alcohol levels across the vintage, where balance has been achieved, this has created some superbly fascinating and unique wines.

However, 2018 is not 2016. Nor is it 2017, or 2015. In fact, it’s nigh impossible to identify a similar vintage for style.

2018 is a roller-coaster that reaches the glorious heights of some of those legendary vintages before it, though like a roller-coaster, there are dips too. There are unmissable and inimitable wines in 2018 and provided they’re priced correctly, it’s a vintage you can get excited about. St. Estèphe seems the front-runner for appellation of the vintage and has produced some impossibly brilliant wines including the best Ch. Calon Segur I’ve ever tasted. Ch. Meyney, Ch. Capbern and Ch. Lafon Rochet will all offer excellent value for money with some of the best wines they’ve ever produced. Over the river in St. Émilion the wines are also showing beautifully, with trademark rich and ripe red fruit beautifully balanced with fresh acidity and silky tannins: Ch. Troplong Mondot, Ch. Figeac, Ch. Berliquiet and Ch. Canon all stand-out. In Graves, Les Carmes Haut Brion and Domaine de Chevalier are superb. Ch. Palmer in Margaux continue their run of first growth beating vintages with a knockout 2018 (though miniscule yields mean it will be a lucky few who are able to become custodians) and in Pauillac and St Julien there are wines to please even the most discerning of Claret connoisseurs: Ch. Lynch Bages; Ch. Leoville Barton; Ch. Beychevelle; Clerc Milon and Pichon Lalande are all at the top of their game.

The Market

Trading conditions for Bordeaux have been slow over the last 12 months, seeing very little movement across most of the Liv-Ex indices that chart Bordeaux; a year of consolidation after two strong years for the region. A combination of factors: Brexit & Sterling; a broadening marketplace for fine wine; the rise of Burgundy, as well as mixed performances from individual châteaux within Bordeaux, all contribute.

This last point will be of significance when deciding whether to buy 2018 Bordeaux – this is not a vintage to buy blindly. There are some superstars in 2018 and the key will be identifying these and having the facts at your fingertips to ensure that they are priced fairly, so that it makes sense to buy.

Alongside the best buys of the 2018 vintage (either through quality, price or both) there are other stars rising deserving of your attention – châteaux which have been successfully building their brand through quality over the last few years. We’ve been advocates of St. Émilion’s Clos Fourtet since their superb 2012 and though the liv-Ex index ‘Right-Bank 100’ has underperformed since the Brexit vote, the Clos Fourtet index is up 16%. Other strong performers include Clerc Milon, up 32% and Figeac, up 18%. Whether you’re looking to buy for drinking, investment or a bit of both, it pays to have a feel for which châteaux are currently undervalued.

We’ve noted some highlights below – if these are priced correctly, they will make wonderful additions to the cellar, both for drinking in the near future and over the long term. We can’t include all our favourites here, and we’ll give a view on each release as they become available; if you’re looking for anything in particular, please get in touch.

St Estèphe

Ch. Calon Segur
Ch. Capbern
Cos d’Estournel
Ch. Lafon Rochet
Ch. Lilian Ladouys

Pauillac
Ch. Clerc Milon
Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste
Ch. Lynch Bages
Ch. Mouton Rothschild
Ch. Pedesclaux
Ch. Pichon Lalande
Ch. Pontet Canet

St Julien

Ch. Beychevelle
Ch. Gloria
Ch. Lagrange
Ch. Leoville Barton
Ch. Leoville Poyferre

Margaux

Ch. Brane Cantenac
Ch. d’Issan
Ch. Palmer
Ch. Rauzan Segla

Pessac-Léognan

Domaine de Chevalier
Ch. Haut Brion
Ch. Les Carmes Haut Brion

St Émilion

Ch. Angelus
Ch. Berliquet
Ch. Canon
Clos Fourtet
Clos des Jacobins
Ch. Figeac
Ch. Fonplegade
Ch. Pavie Macquin
Ch. Troplong Mondot

Pomerol

Ch. l’Enclos
Ch. Clinet
Ch. Conseillante

For those interested in the details and weather reports, we find the reports written by Gavin Quinney, of Ch. Bauduc, for JancisRobinson.com, the most useful, links to these are provided below:

Bordeaux 2018 yields – a devilish year

Bordeaux 2018 – all came right in the end

Over the next few months, Davy’s, along with the rest of the UK Fine Wine trade, will compete for your attention via blogs, social media, telephone calls and what may seem like an infinite amount of emails. Some well-written, some not. If you’d like to receive Davy’s 2018 Bordeaux emails, please email privatecellars@davy.co.uk and let us know.

We’d like to keep you informed on all key releases over the coming months: how they are priced against previous vintages; critic’s scores where available; Davy’s notes, but most importantly, Davy’s opinion on whether the wine represents a good addition to one’s cellar. If you’ve any questions or would like to discuss your wish list and requirements, please let us know and we’ll look forward to speaking about the vintage in more depth over the next few weeks.

If you’re new to En Primeur you’ll find detailed information in our article ‘What is En Primeur?’

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