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History

The Fonplegade property used to be divided into plots owned by various landowners, but in 1852 the property became the 18 hectares it is today, and in the same year the chateau was built. Chateau Fonplegade was owned by the Moueix family from 1953, and in 2004 Denise and Stephen Adams, an American couple, moved in and had one clear objective: to make Fonplegade one of the finest Saint-Emilion wines. Upon purchasing the property, the Adams have worked hard to restructure the vineyard and go back to using methods that respect the vines and the environment. This included a complete renovation on the property. From the vines to the cellars, excellence is their objective. They are currently using organic methods to guarantee healthy, high quality grapes. They applied to be officially organic in 2009 and will receive this certification in 2012.

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Vineyards

Though the greatness of a wine begins in the vineyard, this greatness is preserved and enhanced in the winery, where innumerable small details shape a wine’s path from grape to glass. At Château Fonplégade, we believe in innovation in the service of inspiration. With this in mind, we have completely renovated and revitalized our centuries-old winemaking facility, creating one of the most state-of-the-art wineries on Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Given all of the tools of great modern winemaking—from a perfect sorting system to precision temperature calibration during fermentation to a visionary cooperage program—our team is able to control every aspect of the winemaking process.

 

At the same time, we embrace modern techniques only when they are the best tools. We have also learned winemaking lessons from ages past—simple but important ideas, such as farming our vines organically to preserve the purity of the flavors, or picking by hand using small boxes to ensure that the fruit comes in pristine and undamaged condition. In the winery, we continue to handle our grapes using the gentlest means possible—using techniques such as gravity flow and hand punch-downs—and we ferment in numerous small lots to preserve the distinctive character of our vineyard’s 27 individual blocks. During aging, our wines benefit from a focus on the finest new French oak, with a pioneering barrel program that incorporates both traditional Bordeaux cooperage and classic Burgundy barrels, as well as the new "Fleur de Quintessence” cooperage—a barrel of incomparable quality that we partnered with renowned cooper Tonnellerie Quintessence to launch in 2009. As part of our focus on microvinifications, we also employ a half dozen egg-shaped concrete tanks—tools that allow us to express a pure, elegant and aromatic expression of our terroir.

 

Though each of our wines is as unique as a fingerprint, their creation is guided by the same artistry, ideals, and uncompromising commitment to quality. Whether crafting Château Fonplégade or Fleur de Fonplégade, the goal is the same. Guided by famed Oenologist Michel Rolland and our talented Winemaker Franck Jugelmann, we strive to create wines that embody the rich, distinctiveness of their vineyard origins.

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Winemaking

At Château Fonplégade, our wines are a reflection of a harmonious relationship with our organically farmed vineyard. And though each wine tells the story of a year in our vineyard's history, and of our commitment to the highest standards of modern viticulture and winemaking, they also tell the tale of those who came before—the generations who lovingly cultivated this land for centuries, establishing our heritage as a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé. We invite you to explore our small portfolio of sought-after wines…

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Inside information

For centuries, the vine rows of Château Fonplégade have been the source for some of Saint-Emilion’s most coveted winegrapes. Grown in ideal limestone and clay soils, and nourished in drier years by the deep under-ground water source that feeds the fountain of Fonplégade, our vines benefit from a harmonious relationship between the elements—a relationship that yields wines of uncommon grace and grandeur. As stewards of these cherished vine rows, we cultivate our vineyard using strict ECOCERT organic practices, both to preserve the purity and character of our grapes, and to ensure the legacy of Château Fonplégade for generations to come.

We invite you to learn more about Château Fonplégade and the story of our wines…

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 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Fonplégade . In a tasting of  51 wines 

The wines of the "Association des Saint-Emilion Grand Crus Classés" arrived on May 14 and have been tasted the day after, together with some few samples from other Châteaux. Again a very exciting tasting, confirming the quality of this vintage.

9m 16d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Fonplégade . In a tasting of  42 wines 

On the occasion of the annual journey of the Commanderies de Bordeaux à Essen et à Stuttgart a tasting of the vintage 2016 has been organized by the members of the Association des Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classés. The tasting was hold at Château La Tour Figeac.

10m 7d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Fonplégade . In a tasting of  45 wines 

2017 is a vintage bringing back Bordeaux to its roots, offering a very classic wine style with lower alcohol levels than in the previous years but with often excellent aromatic expression. 2015 and 2016 have surely been better vintages than last year, but based on a first impression 2017 seems to be better than 2014. The evolution will show, that 2017 is far from becoming a "forgotten vintage". Some nice surprises will be waiting for us.

2y 9m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Fonplégade . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

3y 10m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Fonplégade . In a tasting of  36 wines 

“2015 St. Emilion / 2015 Château Ausone
Ruby. Dark berries, red fruits, minerals, delicate yet quite full and intense, mint and chocolate touch, slight floral element. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, juicy, dark berries before structure sets in, some minerals, nuanced, detailed, playful yet rounded, properly long finish. 96-98

4y 10m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Fonplégade . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

4y 10m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Fonplégade . In a tasting of  124 wines 

“Today’s Bordeaux 2013 tasting was very interesting. Margaux and Saint-Julien are performing much better than in the primeur tasting.”

5y 1m ago

 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Fonplégade . In a tasting of  22 wines 

“Bordeaux 2011 part 4”

5y 7m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Fonplégade . In a tasting of  193 wines 

“Bordeaux Primeurs 2015 / Vintage 2014 wines from 88-94 points”

5y 10m ago

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