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.