Wine Chateau Fonplegade, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru AOC, 2011
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Reviews of purchase Chateau Fonplegade, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru AOC, 2011
The wine is dense inky blue.
The fleshy, deep, full and very expressive flavor of the wine offers a complex palette of colors that make up its core: black fruits and berries, spices, minerals. The dense tannic structure is well woven into a velvety texture and is accompanied by a long aftertaste.
The aroma of wine to abundant tones of plum, blackberry, blueberry, bilberry gradually join charcoal notes, camphor, spring flowers, anise and spices.
Wine is served to mature cheeses and dense meat dishes.
Flagship wine Chateau Fonplegade is an expression of the best qualities of the terroir and the impeccable taste of its creators. Complex and full, it is made from the harvest with old vines grown on clay-limestone soils that give the wine in the future refined minerality, soft tannins and a velvety texture. Also included in the blend of a number of crops with young vines, filling taste of wine sensual tones of black fruit. wort Fermentation takes place in wooden barrels and 500-liter barrels and lasts 35-40 days. Aged in French oak barrels (60% - of new, 40% - annual) it takes from 18 to 24 months. The wine is recommended to drink after 3-4 years after the harvest, and its capacity according to experts is much more than 10 years.
Vintage 2011 was awarded a bronze medal at the "Decanter World Wine Awards" in 2014.
In 1852, the famous wine merchant Jean-Pierre Bailey gained a unique land with an inexhaustible source, which, thanks to its power was called "Fonplegade" or "fountain of abundance." He gave the name of the built near the castle. Since this land since Roman times been known for its wines, the planting of vineyards became quite natural course of events. wines created here already in 1867, were awarded a gold medal at the Paris World's Fair. At this time the Chateau Fonplegade was already in the possession of his half-brother and sister of Napoleon III. The new owners - the family of Saint-Kmilion - played a significant role in the development of the Chateau, but by the beginning of the XXI century economy went into decline and was in poor condition. New owners Steven and Dennis Adams, who owns Château l'Enclos in Pomerol and vineyards in California, completely renovated winery, cellar and updated grape planting. Their belief in the uniqueness of this land helped Chateau Fonplegad enter a new phase of its history.
Vineyards Château Fonplegade have an ideal location on the southern slopes of the region of Saint-Emilion. This is one of the key aspects of providing illumination and oblique position promotes good soil drainage. Since the grapes fully able to realize their full potential only in a moderate humidity, the vines here give excellent organoleptic characteristics of the crop even in years of high rainfall. In turn, deeply buried in the soil springs, which are also filled with water famous fountain on the territory of the Chateau, provide enough moisture to maintain the vines in drought years. On the 18.5 hectares of land divided flat and terraced vineyards with vines varieties Merlot and Cabernet Franc. More than 10 clones of Merlot are aged over quarter of a century (including landing in 1954), creating a kind of a colorful palette for skilled winemakers Chateau. Despite the fact that the well-kept old vines are especially proud of the economy and are a key element in creating the rich nuances of complex wines, winegrowers actively update requiring a transplant vines to ensure the highest quality standards.
Based on the best practices of the wineries, Chateau Fonplegad emphasis on breeding methods of selection, high-density planting (8500 vines per hectare), the limitation of yields and careful care, providing for a minimum of 10 to 15 touches of human hands to the vine for the season. The Chateau has a biological certified by ECOCERT, and its wines are the result of a harmonious relationship with nature. Each vintage is opening a new page in the history of winemaking appellasona Saint-Emilion, absorbing the love of generations, cultivate the land for centuries.