2010 Chateau Faugeres (Case of Twelve)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91-94
Wine Advocate: 91-94
Vinous Media: 88-91
Jeff Leve: 90-91
James Suckling: 93-94
Red Wine


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"This delivers a pure beam of raspberry and blueberry fruit that's nicely rounded, with plenty of stuffing on the back end. Violet and anise notes flitter through with buried minerality." (WS)

"This estate, which was purchased a few years ago by Swiss entrepreneur Silvio Denz, continues to push the envelop and improve on what was already an impressive group of wines from previous proprietress Corinne Guisez. From a 50-acre vineyard in the commune of St.-Christophe des Bardes, the 2010 is a blend of 85% Merlot and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. Perhaps the most powerful wine ever made at Faugeres, it tips the scales at 15% alcohol. Both Michel Rolland and Stephan von Neipperg consult at this estate. The 2010's dense blue/purple color is followed by notes of creosote, toasty new oak, licorice, blueberry liqueur and cassis. This dense, opulent, full-bodied, massive effort is surprisingly civilized and intense. It should drink well for 10-15 years." (WA)

"Deep inky-ruby Good lift to the aromas of plum, Asian spices and flowers. Supple and intensely flavored, with a silky texture to its red fruit and spice flavors. This graceful wine finishes subtle and long, with a lingering tarry presence." (IWC)

"Faugeres From a blend of 85% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon, the wine will be aged in 50% new oak for about 14 months. Licorice, bitter chocolate, boysenberry aromatics, plush, soft, round textures and a ripe, chocolate and black cherry finish are found in this wine." (JL)

"This is rich and chewy with blackberry and licorice character. Firm and long tannins. Dark chocolate and very structured. l little New World but intense.$$" (JS)