2011 Fonplegade Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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jamessuckling.com, February 2014

Shows serious concentration of fruit for the vintage, with a medium to full body, fine tannins and a juicy finish. Beautiful, pure fruit, with licorice and berries. Needs a few years to come together: try in 2017
WS 90

Wine Spectator, January 2017

Slightly taut, but the notes of cassis and blackberry preserves stay persistent. Shows some anise and singed spice details, but the woodsy feel of the earlier vintages is much less evident here. Good length and...
WA 89

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014

The resurrection and rebound in quality of Fonplegade under the Adams family of America, who hired consulting oenologist Michel Rolland, has been remarkable. The 2011 continues to provide convincing evidence of their...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2011
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Crown Seal

The 2011 Fonplegade is a stunning Bordeaux Blend from the esteemed Saint Emilion region in Bordeaux, France. With its deep red color and elegant label, this wine exudes sophistication and refinement.

Upon opening the bottle, the aromas of cassis and blackberry preserves immediately captivate the senses. There are also hints of anise and singed spice, adding complexity to the bouquet. Unlike earlier vintages, the woodsy notes are less pronounced, allowing the fruit flavors to shine through. Slightly taut yet persistent, this wine showcases the true potential of the Fonplegade vineyard.

On the palate, the 2011 Fonplegade impresses with its balance and structure. The grippy tannins and racy acidity give the wine a solid backbone, while the dark ripe plum and vanilla flavors provide a rich and velvety texture. This wine has serious concentration of fruit for the vintage, showcasing the exceptional quality of the grapes.

With an alcohol percentage of 13.5%, this red wine is medium-bodied and offers a juicy finish. It is recommended to cellar this wine for a few years to allow it to fully develop and come together. Best enjoyed from 2020 through 2030, this wine has the potential to age gracefully for a decade or more.

The 2011 Fonplegade is a testament to the commitment to quality by the Adams family, who took over the vineyard and enlisted the expertise of consulting oenologist Michel Rolland. It is a wine that embodies the essence of the Saint Emilion terroir and showcases the best of Bordeaux craftsmanship. With only 3,250 cases made, this wine is a true gem that should not be missed by any wine enthusiast.