We first visited Fonplégade around 5 years ago and were shown around the estate, then in biodynamic conversion, by owner Denise Adams. Adams and her husband bought Fonplégade from the Moueix family in 2004 and set about restoring the château to its former glory. The wing on the right (if we remember correctly) in the picture above did not exist, having been destroyed during the Second World War. The Adams' had it painstakingly recreated so that it is now indistinguishable from the original parts.
This struck us as American chutzpah at the time, but after seeing the whole estate, we fell in love with the Adams' vision and with the wine they were making. Reintroducing bee hives and many other methods to encourage biodiversity, their approach seemed idyllic after visting the sometimes barren monocultures of the famous Left Bank estates.
Happily, half a decade on, estates across the region are rapidly re-wilding their vineyards and adding diversity, whilst the Adams' wines seem finally to be getting recognition. Jane Anson is a particular fan, scoring the 2020 95 points. Neal Martin finds it has a Burgundian quality (always a good sign) and we found the fruit definition heady and intense. As Anson says, this is a buy!
Bordeaux En Primeur, Landing in spring 2023
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