2022 Chateau Fonplegade Saint-Emilion Grand Cru FUTURES - Pre-Arrival

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Ripe black and blue fruit here with savory undertones. Medium to full body. Tannins are firm but crunchy and lively. Structured and long. Vibrant finish with floral undertones. Classy. From biodynamically grown grapes. ~95-96 JS

Rich, high toned and open on the nose with savoury, herbal and spiced notes. Crunchy, chewy, bright sharp and sour fruit as well as high acidity, all combining to be forward and open with a cool fresh mint and crushed stone undertone. Balanced, this feels suave and detailed, not massively weighty, still has the tension and focus but everything is supremely harmonious on the palate with no one element sticking out. You can feel the density and the concentration of the fruit - blackcurrant, damson, plum, and a sense of the intensity while still having terroir markers of flint, graphite and salinity. Charming and approachable - one to seek out. Harvest 12 - 26 September. Ageing 16 months; 50% new barrels, 30% one wine, 10% cement egg, 10% amphora. Derenoncourt consultants. ~95 Decanter

The 2022 Fonplegade could very well turn out to be one of the surprises of the vintage. Aromatic, silky and super-expressive, the 2022 is impeccable. I especially admire the energy and balance here. ~93-95 AG-VM

The 2022 Château Fonplegade showed well both times I was able to taste it. Mulled cherries, cassis, chocolate, violets, and spicy notes all emerge on the nose, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a ripe, mouth-filling texture, building yet ripe tannins, and outstanding length. The tannins will need to be watched here, but I suspect this will round into form nicely over the course of its élevage, and it's clearly an outstanding Saint-Emilion in the making. ~92-94+ JD