2017 Fonplegade Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JL 95 VN 94 JS 93 WA 93 WS 93 DC 92 JD 91
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2018

(93-95) Floral in nature, you'll also find licorice, spice box, sandalwood and plummy aromatics on the nose. On the palate, the wine is fresh with an intense mineral character. Once past the rocks and stones, the red...
VN 94

Vinous, March 2020

The 2017 Fonplégade is classy, polished and simply impeccable in its balance. The Fonplégade is not a huge wine, but it has really gained in finesse over the course of its aging. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, blood...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, January 2020

Some smoky, graphite and gunflint notes here with tobacco and light beef bouillon, as well as red plums and dark cherries. The palate has a very smooth and plush bed of ripe tannin, carrying rich red-plum flavors, amid a...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2020

(93+ points) Blended of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Fonplegade rolls out of the glass with pronounced notes of plum preserves, baked black cherries and mulberries plus hints of...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, April 2018

(90-93) Open-knit, with light anise, tea and cinnamon hints leading off, followed by gently mulled cherry and plum fruit. Lively acidity is embedded on the finish. -JM
DC 92

Decanter, April 2018

Another great vintage from an estate that has been firing on all cylinders over the past few vintages, aided by consultants Michel Rolland and Stéphane Derenoncourt. There's a gorgeous vibrant colour here with violet...
JD 91

jebdunnuck.com, February 2020

From a wonderful, hillside, limestone terroir and just about all Merlot (there’s 5% Cabernet Franc), the 2017 Chateau Fonplegade sports a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a plump, fruit-forward, opulent style on the...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Introducing the 2017 Fonplegade Bordeaux Blend, a red wine hailing from the prestigious region of Bordeaux, specifically Saint Emilion. With its deep garnet hue and elegant label, this wine immediately captures the attention of any discerning wine enthusiast. Crafted by the renowned producer Fonplegade, this wine embodies the essence of Bordeaux winemaking tradition.

Upon pouring, the 2017 Fonplegade reveals its allure with a vibrant color accompanied by violet reflections, hinting at the wine's youth and potential for aging. The nose is greeted with an enticing bouquet of sweet red cherry, pomegranate, blood orange, and mint. These aromas intertwine with delicate floral overtones, adding brightness and complexity to the overall experience.

On the palate, this wine showcases its finesse and impeccable balance. The 2017 Fonplegade is not an overpowering wine, but rather one that has gained finesse and refinement over the course of its aging. The red fruits, once past the initial mineral character, reveal themselves as sweet, bright, and fresh, exhibiting a finesse-driven quality. The silky texture and racy nature of this wine make it a delight to savor.

Notable wine critics have recognized the exceptional qualities of the 2017 Fonplegade. Vinous awarded this wine a score of 94, praising its class, polish, and balance. Jeff Leve of TheWineCellarInsider.com awarded it an impressive 95, highlighting its floral nature, intense mineral character, and fresh red fruits. Jeb Dunnuck, a respected wine critic, bestowed a score of 91, commending the wine's opulent style, classic notes of blackcurrants, and medium to full-bodied palate.

With an alcohol percentage of 14.0%, the 2017 Fonplegade boasts a level of complexity and depth that is characteristic of Bordeaux blends. The blend consists of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, contributing to its velvety texture and well-managed tannins. The wine reached its optimal ripeness during the harvest period from September 13 to September 29.

As a true representation of the Saint Emilion terroir, the 2017 Fonplegade is a wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for further development. Its smooth and plush bed of ripe tannins, layered flavors of red plums, and chalky undertones make it a versatile companion for a variety of dishes. Whether you choose to indulge in this wine today or let it evolve over time, the 2017 Fonplegade promises to be a remarkable addition to any wine collection.