2005 Chateau Faugeres 1.5 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Dark in color, with intense aromas of blackberry, tar and mineral. Almost minty. Full-bodied, with loads of ripe fruit and vanilla bean character. Long and supercaressing. This racy wine has so much going on, yet it's subtle and sexy. Best after 2012. 4,330 cases made. –JS " (WS)

"Purple to the rim, the 2005 Faugères is a powerhouse at 14.5% alcohol, with notes of graphite, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, licorice and truffle. Some incense also makes an appearance in this full-bodied, super-concentrated, modern-styled St.-Emilion. If I hadn’t known, I would have guessed was the luxury cuvée Péby and not the basic Faugères! Drink it over the next 15 years." (WA)

"Good ruby-red. Exotic, liqueur-like aromas of black raspberry, chocolate and mint. Superripe, thick and exotic, but with the minty element giving lift to the chocolate liqueur flavor. Very sweet and creamy wine with considerable early sex appeal. The tannins are fat and very ripe." (VM)

"This has a wonderful nose of dark fruits, tea, and slightly toasted oak. Very clean and precise, more so than the past vintage. I am loving the succulent fruit and velvety tannins, it is very hard not to drink this right now, but will be much better after 2014. A stylistic change after owner Silvio Denz took over." (JS)