Chateau Fonplegade's is named for the historic 13th century stone fountain on the estate's vineyard; a "fountain of plenty" that has provided refreshment for pilgrims for hundreds of years and continues to provide water to the estate during dry seasons. Grapevines have thrived on this limestone plateau, known to be among Saint-Emilion's finest vineyards, since the late 1500s. In 1852, legendary wine merchant Jean-Pierre Beylot purchased the estate and built the elegant chateau that still stands on the property.
Americans Denise and Stephen Adams acquired Chateau Fonplegade in 2004, after many years of visiting Saint-Emilion. Denise's background in organic gardening has allowed her to spearhead the chateau's conversion to certified organic and biodynamic farming practices and her hands on role in all areas of operations, including new plantings, and tastings with winemakers Michel Rolland and Stephane Derenoncourt to evaluate the quality of every wine.
This Bordeaux is deep ruby in the glass. A bouquet of fresh red fruit dominates the nose followed by a full, round mouthfeel is bolstered by an elegant acidity resulting from the famous limestone soil and remarkable minerality. Like all great Bordeaux, this wine is made to be enjoyed with food. Pair with steak frites or a roasted rack of lamb for a hearty meal. As an appetizer, pair this wine with duck or game terrine and a cheese plate which includes aged Mimolette and Comte.