- Château Péby Faugères
- St Emilion
- 2005 - 2015
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Robert Parker, April 2000,
1998 is the debut vintage of this "garage" wine, produced from a 12-acre hillside parcel (primarily Merlot vines) culled from the Faugeres vineyard. A superb St.-Emilion micro-cuvee, it boasts a black/purple color as well as flamboyant aromas of jammy cassis, licorice, toasty oak, and minerals, fabulous depth, sweet tannin, and a 45-second finish. Superb purity and overall equilibrium should ensure 15-20 years of longevity. Drink: 2000-2015.
Robert Parker, April 2001,
A terrific effort, and one of the stars of the vintage, the 1998 boasts an opaque, thick looking, black/purple color in addition to gorgeous aromatics consisting of blackberries, blueberries, smoke, minerals, and vanillin. Extremely full-bodied and rich, yet harmonious, with a seamless personality as well as beautifully-integrated acidity and tannin, this blockbuster effort is one of the great surprises of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2018+.
Château Péby Faugères
A micro-cuvee from a south-facing 9 hectare parcel of the finest Faugères vineyard plots which are entirely planted with Merlot with an average vine age of 40 years. Fermentation is in unusual cone shaped wooden vats and ageing in new oak barrels for 16-18 months. Péby Faugères has been a huge success, especially with the likes of Robert Parker, who regularly scores it 94-96. From the 2005 vintage, the Péby Faugères name has changed to Château Faugères Cuvée Spéciale Péby.
South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.