2018 Chateau Peby Faugeres

Year: 2018
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 95-97+
Vinous Media: 93-96
James Suckling: 98-99
Jeb Dunnuck: 96-98
Red Wine
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"Made of 100% Merlot, the 2018 Péby Faugères is deep garnet-purple colored and comes bounding out of the glass with gregarious notes of blueberry pie, plum pudding, chocolate-covered cherries and mulberries with hints of eucalyptus, cinnamon stick, cloves and unsmoked cigars plus a waft of cedar chest. Full-bodied, taut and muscular, the palate has a rock-solid structure of firm, velvety tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing very long with loads of mineral sparks.

Fans of Château Faugères and Péby-Faugères, owned by perfume designer and owner of Lalique crystal, Silvio Denz, might be expecting an atomic bomb in a glass from the 2018s. But there was an obvious, concerted choice to pull back on the ripeness this year. Not to say that the wines are shrinking violets—hardly—but at 14.5% alcohol in a year that a lot of Right Bank properties are facing alcohol of 15% or more, this is certainly more restrained than usual. And it pays off. The wines maintain all the richness fans will expect, with lovely vibrancy and freshness. Bravo!" (WA)

"The 2018 Péby Faugères, 100% Merlot from 45 year-old vines, is fabulous. Dense, inky and rich, with tremendous concentration, the 2018 offers superb intensity but with less of the pushed extraction that was once the norm here. Blackberry jam, spice, cloves, menthol, and licorice build in a potent, flamboyant Saint-Émilion. In 2018, Péby Faugères shows a slightly brighter and more floral profile than in the past. It will be interesting to see how the 2018 and future vintages develop, as Péby Faugères has always been distinctive. The 2018 is a terrific effort from proprietor Silvio Denz and consulting winemaker Michel Rolland. My only real critique is that Péby Faugères and Faugères are more closer in style than they usually are, which is remarkable as the blends are totally different! " (VM)

"Wow. Really savory this year with an extremely dense and gorgeous palate of ripe fruit and ripe tannins, but an underlying minerality and intensity. Shows really integrated and melted tannins, but then it kick-starts at the end. Neoclassical." (JS)

"I always love this cuvée, which comes from a specific parcel of very old vine Merlot on the eastern side of Saint-Émilion. The 2018 Château Péby Faugères, which is a selection of 70% of the production and is aging in 65% new oak, reveals a deep purple color as well as a ripe, blockbuster bouquet of black fruits, smoked earth, spicy oak, and graphite. One of the ripe, powerful wines that still stays light and graceful, it’s full-bodied, has ripe tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. This is a sexy Saint-Émilion to drink over the coming 20-25 years. Tasted twice." (JD)