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2019 Chateau Fonplegade

Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
$92. 99
$1115.88 Dozen
Cellar: 6 - 8 Years (2028-2030)
ABV: 15%
Closure: Cork

Dense pitch black heart with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Intense ripe blackcurrant and liquorice aromas flood the nostrils with vanillin cedar, hints of dark chocolate, earth and spice then chiming in. Full in body and quite exuberant in style, a rich wave of blackcurrant, liquorice and black cherry fruits coat the palate with vanillin cedar, earthy graphite like characters, traces of dark chocolate and spice sitting underneath. Excellent concentration and power, a robust tannin structure lending some grip to the long muscular black fruited aftertaste.
Cellar 6-8 years.
Alc. 15%

Other Reviews....
The 2019 Fonplégade is elegant, refined and full of character. Sweet dark cherry, chocolate, leather, spice, menthol and licorice build effortlessly in the glass. Fonplégade is a Saint-Émilion that emphasizes elegance over sheer power. Drink 2025-2039.
95 points
Antonio Galloni - Vinous

Plums, dark cherries, blueberries, cedar, amber, dried herbs and baking spices on the nose. Full-bodied with plush tannins. Structured, balanced and intense. It has a polished, rich core of dark and blue fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Wait for the oak spice to integrate. Drink from 2025.
95 points
James Suckling

From a great terroir on the south-facing hillside just outside of the village, the 2019 Château Fonplégade has pretty notes of ripe black cherries, cassis, spring flowers, sandalwood, and classy oak. I love the nose, and while it's still young and relatively unevolved, it already has hints of complexity and nuance, and the purity is spot on. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a great mid-palate and sweet, velvety tannins, it already offers pleasure yet will benefit from 4-6 years of bottle age, and I'd be shocked if it didn't evolve nicely for at least 15-20 years. Drink 2026 - 2048.
94 points
Jeb Dunnuck

Gorgeous aromatics include cherry, aniseed and menthol freshness, in a medium-bodied palate evoking Burgundian refinement. There is a whiff of oak in the initial, powerful attack, but then the wine broadly coats the palate with violet, plum, cherry and lead pencil aspects, exhibiting fresh notes in its vinous palate. A long finish. Clearly of high calibre. Drink 2025 - 2045.
95 points
Panos Kakaviatos - Decanter