Merlot, Cabernet Franc
75cl * 13% ABV * Organic & Biodynamic * Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
A near neighbour to the more famous Angélus, this small estate (18.5 hectares) in Saint Emilion is on the classic clay and limestone soil of the region. The vines are on average 30 years old and once picked, the grapes are fermented in tronconic (horse hoof shaped) vats for 25 days before being transferred into one-year-old French oak barrels for 15 months.
The resulting wine is bright ruby in colour with strawberry, blackcurrant and raspberry on the nose, along with a touch of vanilla and slight oak nuance. There's a full, rounded mid-palate and the wine is well balanced with a mineral finish.
The estate is owned by American couple Denise and Stephen Adams. Many years ago they honeymooned in Saint-Emilion, where they immersed themselves in the region and its magnificent wines. After returning years later to Saint-Emilion to repeat their wedding vows, they discovered Château Fonplégade. When the Adamses acquired the estate in 2004, they embarked on a process of revitalization and renewal. In addition to Château Fonplégade in Saint-Emilion and Château l'Enclos in Pomerol, they are the owners and caretakers of ADAMVS on the slopes of Napa Valley's Howell Mountain.