Château Faugeres 2015

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2009-2015

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• Domaine: Château Faugères
• Appellation: Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
• Classification: Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Émilion
• Origin: Right Bank, Bordeaux, France 

Château Faugeres is a visually stunning winery.  With an ultra-modern tasting room that was completed in 2009 by the famous architect Mario Botta, this estate is clearly one of the most cutting-edge in terms of winemaking technology in the entire Right Bank.  Château Faugeres is an incredibly old property in Saint-Émilion, but it began attracting attention when businessman and perfume industry titian, Silvio Denz purchased the estate.  He spared no expense in revitalizing the property that was on the verge of fading into obscurity, and the wine from this Grand Crus Classés couldn’t be tasting better. For those who love the richly dynamic composition of dark fruit aromas mixed with stunning earthy secondary characteristics that are so synonymous with Saint-Émilion wines, Château Faugères is a fantastic choice. 
 
Château Faugeres has an extensive history that dates to 1619.  The vineyard was originally planted by Andre Faugeres, and the estate was named after him as was typical of the time. Château Faugeres changed hands a few times between families throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.  Eventually it was acquired in the 1980s by the Guisez family, who made small improvements to the vineyards.  Château Faugeres began slowly getting recognized by critics and consumers alike, but it wasn’t until Silvio Denz acquired the property that the trajectory of this estate really took off.  Silvio Denz was encouraged to purchase the property from the legendary Stephan Von Neipperg, who now consults at the property.  For those not familiar, Stephan is the owner of the legendary estates Château Canon La Gaffeliere and La Mondotte to name a few.  Silvio Denz also enlists the talent of Michel Rolland who consults at properties like Château Ausone.  With the combination of the top talent and technological innovation, Château Faugeres was classified as a Grand Crus Classé estate in 2012. 
 
The property hosts a sprawling 49 hectare vineyard on a mixture of clay and limestone soils.  The vineyard itself is located on the Castillon plateau just on the edge of Saint-Émilion and there is relatively high elevation at the property, coming in at 80 meters.  Interestingly enough, some of the plots used for the wine Cap de Faugeres are sourced from the Castillon appellation.  Château Faugeres is home to a mixture of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a small portion of Cabernet Sauvignon.  Château Faugeres has some incredible neighbors, including Valandraud and Château Fleur Cardinal. The climate is slightly cooler here, which translates to a later harvest time.  The vines are on the older side and are approximately 35 years of age.  Château Faugeres prides itself on the amount of work done in the vineyard, and the commitment to environmental sustainability at the estate is nothing short of admirable.  The modern, gravity-flow winery preserves the softness of the wine, and the entire winemaking process is about gentle extractions.  The wine is then aged in French oak barrels, 50 percent of which are new.  This rich, intense wine requires a bit of ageing – approximately 6-8 years - prior to being enjoyed.

Tasting Notes

"The 2015 Faugeres is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 15 months in French oak, 50% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it has a nose of baked plums, warm cherries and black berries with touches of meat and fried spices. The full-bodied mouth is rich, opulent and spicy with firm, velvety tannins and lovely freshness lifting the finish."- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2/21/2018, Interim Issue), Ratings: 92, Drink: 2019-2036

"The 2015 Faugeres is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the consultant no less than Stephan Von Niepperg. It has a neat and tidy bouquet, nothing too ambitious, with tightly knitted red and black fruit - boysenberry and blueberry emerging with time. The palate is very smooth and sensual, the acidity well judged, no sharp corners here with a lush, slightly saline finish. This is a thoughtfully crafted Saint Emilion that should drink earlier than many of its peers." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (4/27/2016, Issue 224), Ratings: 89-91, Drink: 2018-2032

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LWIN 1009668
Stock Status Out of Stock
Appellation Saint-Emilion
Vintage 2015
Brand Château Faugères
Shipping Weight 3.000000
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Saint-Émilion is one of the most prestigious wine appellations in the Bordeaux region of France, renowned for its exceptional red wines and rich viticultural history. Located on the Right Bank of the Dordogne River, Saint-Émilion is a place of great beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its remarkable blend of natural and cultural attributes. The Saint-Émilion appellation is characterized by a diverse terroir featuring a mix of limestone, clay, and sandy soils that provide the foundation for its distinctive wines. The unique microclimates and elevations within the appellation contribute to the variety of flavors and styles found in Saint-Émilion wines.

The primary grape varieties used in Saint-Émilion wines are Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot often dominating the blends. These grapes thrive in the region's favorable climate, moderated by the proximity of the Dordogne River and the buffering effects of the limestone plateau.

Saint-Émilion is famous for its unique wine classification system, which divides the vineyards into four tiers: Premier Grand Cru Classé A, Premier Grand Cru Classé B, Grand Cru Classé, and Grand Cru. This classification reflects the quality and prestige of the individual vineyards and châteaux within the appellation, with only a select few achieving the highest ranking of Premier Grand Cru Classé A. Until the re-classification in 2022, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Ausone, Château Angelus, and Château Pavie were the only four members of the Premier Grand Cru Classé A tier. Out of disagreement with the standard-setting governing body, Cheval Blanc and Ausone voluntarily dropped out. Angelus followed suit shortly after. With Pavie remaining the only member, Premier Grand Cru Classé A saw the addition of Château Figeac following a long-expected and well-deserved promotion.

Saint-Émilion wines are known for their finesse, complex aromas, and beautiful balance of fruit, tannins, and acidity. While they share some similarities with wines from the neighboring Pomerol appellation, they often have a slightly more structured and tannic character due to the higher proportion of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon in the blends. With age, these wines develop a velvety texture and reveal an array of flavors, including dark fruits, floral notes, and hints of earthiness.

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