Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
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.
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 organically farmed White Cottage Winery. 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.