WHAT: Château Fonplégade 2008 Rating: NNNNN
WHERE: Saint-Émilion, France
WHY: Smells like cedar, mint, maple, balsamic, plums and licorice pipes. So it smells like great wine and only like great wine. Now imagine those manifold aromas as flavours sloshing around in the palate-energizing juice of perfectly vinified grapes grown on some of the wine world's most sought-after real estate. If you have friends who are getting married this summer, give them this and tell them to open it on their fifth anniversary. Or give them two and extend that through to their 10th. Such a wine deserves optimism.
PRICE: 750 ml/$47.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets (product #268730)