85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Château Faugeres is a St Emilion Grand Cru that is now producing text book new wave St Emilions. Since 1997 the property has been owned by the film producer, Péby Guisez and his wife Corine and they have energetically breathed new life into it. There are 20 hectares of vineyards planted with Merlot (70%), Cabernet Franc (25%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%. The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and the wines are matured in barriques for 15-18 months.
What The Critics Say
90-92/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown
"The current blend is 85% Merlot, with smaller portions of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Faugeres is a little shy to begin, revealing crushed black cherries, mulberries and red currants with coaxing plus hints of lavender, bay leaves and tilled soil. Medium-bodied with a firm frame of grainy tannins and just enough freshness, it delivers oodles of black fruit and a refreshing lift to the finish."
89-92/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
"The 2017 Faugères is dark, plush and inviting. Blackberry jam, chocolate, spice, new leather and licorice inform this deep, muscular Saint-Émilion. The 2017 finds a good bit of freshness and aromatic lift, along with redder tonalities of fruit, with time in the glass. The oak is a bit prominent today. Otherwise, this is very nicely done. Tasted two times."
Winemaker notes on current vintage
Michel Rolland, Consultant oenologist to Faugères since 1992: “Fortunately, the frost only affected the secondary vines at Faugères and not the key terroirs. An early year, a dry year and a cold year, but the samples from the vats are most promising: fruit, tension, freshness and lower degrees of alcohol. I’ve heard that this is the current trend! The fine balance between alcohol and acidity will ensure great ageing potential for the wines.” -- Yann Buchwalter, Estate Manager of Vignobles Silvio Denz : "The 37 hectares of clay-limestone hillsides were barely affected by the frosty spell in late April (only a few plots at the foot of the hills suffered, about 15%). The care lavished on the vines produced fine fruit, harvested between 25 September and 2 October (with a yield of 32hl/ha, typical of the old Faugères vines)."
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