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“Excellent insight into a Bordeaux vineyard”
Review of Chateau Fonplegade

Chateau Fonplegade
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed August 26, 2013

No shortage of wineries to choose from here but as we only had one day a Google search to book one in advance was needed. Chateau Fonplegade had everything we wanted and a 1.5 hr private tour was easy to arrange by e-mail. We paid the extra half hour to be taken around the vines and think it was well worth it to get a better flavour of the place. The last hour then spent inside the winery culminating in the all important tasting - red wine isn't usually something I'd flock to buy but some of these tasted wonderful and are now sitting in the rack at home (arrived at our home by courier a couple of days before we expected them to). Many thanks to our guide, Elisa, who was thoroughly engaging and contributed greatly to our enjoyment of the visit . If you aren't an 'oenophile' and just want to visit one vineyard in this area to find out about what goes on, I couldnt recommend this place more highly.

Thank Mick_Dundee
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is my first trip advisor review. I must confess that for the last couple of years I have been one of those people who has religiously planned their days out/holidays with the opinions of others, and have never contributed anything back! I think it speaks volumns that this venue above all others has inspired me to try and share my own opinions with the world of trip advisor for the first time!

Drove to this vineyard from Bordeaux after having it recommended to us by the kind lady in the Bordeaux Tourist Information office. We planned the trip by phoning ahead two days before to check that we could have a tour with an English speaking guide; and chose to pop there at a time that would allow us to walk around St Emilion for a couple of hours first. For two people who are not wine experts, it was lovely to walk around the town and immerse ourselves in the culture, over-looking the beautiful vistas from the high points, and strolling through the cobbled streets, popping in-and-out of the little boutiques.

The journey to the Chateau from the town of St Emilion would take a keen walker less than half an hour (and the views would be lovely), but as we had decided that it would be unlikely that we'd be coming away empty-handed, we opted to take the car. Upon arrival, the chateau stands out as being quite a beautiful building, and everything around it seems well manicured. We had opted for the more complete tour which included a guided drive around the vines first. We were told the trip would last approximately an hour and a half in total, including both the outdoors and inside parts of the visit. As there were only two of us, ours was a little more brief, however our guide has been very informative and the duration seemed to be just about right: Nelty was a brilliant host! The wine tasting is very fun, and the wines are delicious. Having just got back to the hotel in Bordeaux now and Googled everything I can on the chateau, it seems their wines are well thought of, and their focus on organic/sustainable farming methods is gaining them much recognition.

Thoroughly glad we went, a real pleasant high-point in our two week honeymoon around France!

Thank Jon B
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Winery tours in St. Emilion are hit or miss. We did a private tour of Fonplegade arranged by the local tour/taxi driver Robert. (Check with your hotel or bed and breakfast) However, this winery is most accommodating and the wine is fantastic. You can just show up and they will do their best. You can have this wine shipped to the US at reasonable shipping charges unlike the wine stores in St. Emilion. You can also arrange to have wine shipped quarterly to your home.

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