Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Fonplegade strides confidently out of the glass with bold black cherries, warm plums and black raspberry scents plus hints of cedar chest, pencil shavings, lavender, garrigue and camphor. Full-bodied, rich and packed with expressive black fruits, it has a firm, velvety texture and just enough freshness, finishing long.
93-95 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Apr 2019)
Fonplégade is rich, layered and sumptuous, to a degree it has not been before. Raspberry jam, mocha, espresso and licorice all burst out of the glass. Sensual and alluring, Fonplégade is absolutely gorgeous in 2018. The oak is just a bit pronounced at this stage, but the wine appears to have all of the natural depth to handle it. Proprietors Denise and Stephen Adams, along with consulting winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt and his team, continue to take Fonplégade to new heights. The 2018 is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, from yields of just 27 hectoliters per hectare, down from the more typical 35 or so. Tasted two times.
92-95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2019)
This is really refined and beautiful, showing a new approach and reality to the terroir here. I appreciate the strength with finesse. Biodynamic.
93-94 points, James Suckling (Apr 2019)
The 2018 Château Fonplégade is a big, rich, opulent barrel sample that doesn’t pull any punches with its black fruits, toasty oak, and chocolate-laced aromas and flavors. It lacks a touch of precision at the moment, but it has a terrific mid-palate, ripe tannins, and impressive balance. I suspect this is going to come together nicely once bottled and should be a rocking Saint-Émilion to enjoy over the following 10-15 years.
92-94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2019)