2010 Chateau Peby Faugeres

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emillon
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 97
James Suckling: 94
Jeff Leve: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :
$159.95

"This is very large-scaled, with a wall of baker's chocolate to get through first, followed by additional layers of roasted chestnut and bay, mulled black currant, steeped plum and roasted alder wood. Then the long, charcoal-fueled finish takes over and zooms away. This should be a complete knockout after cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2035. 1,000 cases made. –JM" (WS)

"A very limited production cuvee, the 2010 Peby Faugeres is sold in a specially designed bottle from Silvio Denz, who also owns Lalique Crystal. It comes from the oldest portion of the Faugeres vineyard, which is actually more of a completely separate entity under Denz than it was under the previous owners. The 2010 is 100% Merlot and again 15% natural alcohol. The vines were cropped at 20 hectoliters per hectare, but harvested about a week before the harvest finished for the main Faugeres vineyard. Most observers would tend to look at this wine as a modern-style, massive, intense St.-Emilion, with an opaque purple color, a floral nose shaded by notes of blueberry liqueur intermixed with black raspberries, vanillin, subtle smoke and barrique smells. It is full-bodied and built for two decades of longevity, but should be reasonably drinkable in 5-6 years because of the 100% Merlot content. This is a thrilling wine, as it has been in nearly every vintage where it has been produced.

Acquired by Swiss native Silvio Denz a number of years ago, this property continues to overachieve in virtually every vintage. Behind the scenes, Stephan von Neipperg, the proprietor of La Mondotte, Clos de l’Oratoire, and a number of other properties, consults on viticultural matters, while harvesting, winemaking and elevage are guided by Michel Rolland." (WA)

"A dense wine with loads of ripe fruit and new wood on the nose. Full body, with lots of rich, ripe fruit that reminds me of Napa Valley. Yet it's still fresh and delicious. This needs at least seven to eight years to come complete together. Pure Merlot. Drink or hold." (JS)

"2010 Peby Faugeres is produced from 100% Merlot and aged in 100% new oak for 18 months. Production hovers close to 1,000 cases. Deep purple in color, jammy black fruit, espresso, licorice and spice, this thick, powerful, dense, dark wine is stuffed to the brim with decadent ripe fruit, licorice and chocolate that defines voluptuous in a wine. Unctuous and long, the wine ends with licorice, chocolate, spicy plum and jammy berry liqueur. 95-97 Pts 96 points - Tasted Apr 22, 2011" (JL)