The 2016 Fonplégade offers intense blackberry, boysenberry and fig on the nose, which is quite ravishing in style but well defined. The balanced, slightly citric palate delivers sappy black fruit and impressive energy; it feels modern and velvety yet retains admirable delineation through to the rounded finish. This is a very promising Saint-Émilion from Stephen and Denise Adams.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2045
Robert Parker 96+
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Fonplegade opens with a very savory nose of smoked meats, tapenade, sauteed herbs and beef drippings over a core of plum preserves, chocolate-covered cherries and cedar chest plus wafts of violets and cigars. Medium to full-bodied, the palate possesses both intensity and elegance, with the black fruit layers superbly framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and mineral laced.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2050