Saint-Emilion Grand Cru


Saint-Emilion Grand Cru


Country France
Region Bordeaux
Producer Fleur de Fonplegade


Style Red
Practices Certified Organic, Organic
Grapes Cabernet Franc, Merlot

The precocious second label, Fleur de Fonplegade is a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc – mostly from young vines, from 27 individual blocks spread over 7 levels of flat and terraced vineyards, all with different soils. It highlights the lush, generous and vibrant fruit of the clay/limestone terroir. With velvety tannins and terrific length, the quality of these vineyards is evident, being in close proximity to Château L’Arrosée, Canon-La-Gaffelière and Château Angélus. Vinification takes place in tronconic wooden vats over 20 days followed by 13 to 15 months in second use oak barrels. 1,900 cases made.

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About the Producer

In 2004, the historic Château Fonplegade, a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé, was taken over by Stephen and Denise Adams, owners of Pomerol’s acclaimed Château l’Enclos and Napa Valley’s ADAMVS property on Howell Mountain. With a loving attention to detail, the winery and vineyards were completely renovated with the goal of bringing the domaine up to its previous high standard of quality. Starting with a rigorous improvement of the vineyards, all work is done by hand while high-density planting and green harvesting were instituted. With the 2009 vintage, they began a biodynamic farming program. As a result, yields have decreased by over 30% while fruit quality has greatly improved.

Farming practices: certified organic since 2013.