2009 Chateau Cap de Faugeres

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cotes de Castillon
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 86
Wine Advocate: 91
James Suckling: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$21.95
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"This has a nice plump feel, with fleshy-edged plum and fig fruit framed by red licorice that hangs through the open-knit finish. Drink now through 2013. 7,500 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 is possibly the best Cap de Faugeres yet made, a sleeper of the vintage, and a realistically priced one at that. A blend of 85% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon that hit 14% natural alcohol, the wine displays loads of charcoal, blackberry, espresso roast and white chocolate. It is full-bodied, unctuously textured, with very sweet tannin and stunning purity, texture and length. This is a super-duper wine, bottled unfined and unfiltered under the guidance of the consultant Michel Rolland. Drink it over the next 10+ years.

Under new proprietor Silvio Denz, the wines from this property, as well as his Chateau Faugeres in St.-Emilion, have gotten better, even by the high standards maintained by the previous proprietor." (WA)

"This is pretty, earthy and spicy, with blueberry and blackberry character. Full body, with polished tannins and a lively finish. The dried citrus fruit really comes through here. Better in 2015, but so delicious now." (JS)

A WINNER OF A 2009 BORDEAUX FOR $21.95 2009 CHATEAU CAP de FAUGERES, Castillion Cotes de Bordeaux

The parade of 2009 winners continues with this modest priced $21.95 Chateau Cap de Faugères from the right bank eastern Bordeaux commune of Cotes des Castillon. The medium-bodied Cap de Faugeres is a velvety wine with only a dab of tannin and aromas and flavors of raspberries, anise, cassis and hints of tobacco. The soft tannins also allow the wine to now be quite enjoyable, though it will last for a decade plus.

Again I agree with Parker when he rates this wine a 91 and writes: “The 2009 is possibly the best Cap de Faugeres yet made, a sleeper of the vintage, and a realistically priced one at that. A blend of 85% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon that hit 14% natural alcohol, the wine displays loads of charcoal, blackberry, espresso roast and white chocolate. It is full-bodied, unctuously textured, with very sweet tannin and stunning purity, texture and length. This is a super-duper wine, bottled unfined and unfiltered under the guidance of the consultant Michel Rolland. Drink it over the next 10+ years.”

Chateau Cap de Faugeres covers some 60 acres planted in 50% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and producing about 13,000 cases a year. Since the French film magnet Guisez purchased this and the adjoining St. Emilion Chateau Faugeres there has been a major investment in the cellar and the vineyard. Quality has also increased since half of the barrels are now new each year. Today this is a Chateau superior to many a vineyard in the adjoining region of St. Emilion.

RATING: 92+

PRICE: $21.95, ****bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)