Chateau Faugeres St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Faugeres St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn all the best vintages, a history of the property and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Faugeres History, Overview

Chateau Faugeres has a long history in St. Emilion dating all the way back to 1823. In those days, the vineyard was owned by the Esquissaud family. The property remained in the hands of the same family for about 160 years.

In 1987, the vineyards were taken over by the Guisez family who were direct descendants of the Esquissaud family. Under the direction of Pierre-Bernard Guisez and his wife Corinne Guisez, Chateau Faugeres began improving their work in the vineyards and in the cellars.

This soon began to pay off, as the winery started gaining notoriety with critics and consumers. However, Chateau Faugeres really did not take off until Silvio Denz purchased Chateau Faugeres in 2005 from Corinne Guisez. Silvio Denz made the decision to buy the vineyard with the help and advice of Stephan von Neipperg, who also consults on the wine making at Chateau Faugeres along with Michel Rolland.

Before Silvio Denz decided to produce Bordeaux wine, he was in the perfume business, which is where he made his fortune. Silvio Denz also owns Lalique as well as other wineries in Bordeaux, Spain and Italy.

Aside from Chateau Faugeres,in Bordeaux, Silvio Denzo also owns Peby Faugeres in Saint Emilion and Cap de Faugeres in the Cotes de Castillon appellation.

In 2009, Silvio Denz finished a complete renovation of Chateau Faugeres. The architecturally stunning, state of the art winery, designed by Mario Botta, is one the most modern, Bordeaux wine making facilities in the Right Bank.

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Chateau Faugeres Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The large 49 hectare vineyard of Chateau Faugeres is planted to 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Out of their 49 hectares, 37 hectares are cultivated with vines.

The vines are old, with an average age of 35 years. The vineyard has a small parcel of 100% old vine Merlot that is culled away specifically for the production of Chateau Peby Faugeres.

The terroir of Chateau Faugeres is mostly clay and limestone soils with gentle slopes and a slightly cooler micro-climate, lending its vineyard to later harvesting times.

A lot of work in the vines take place to produce Chateau Faugeres, which includes debudding, crop-thinning, and leaf pulling. Vineyard management is focused on sustainable farming techniques at Chateau Faugeres. The vineyard recently earned ISO, 14001 ranking.

Chateau Faugeres is located on the edge of the Saint Emilion, Castillon plateau, not far from Valandraud, Chateau Fleur Cardinal, Chateau de Pressac and Rol Valentin. For another reference point, this is due east of the Saint Emilion village, close to the Cotes de Castillon border.

In fact, a portion of their vineyard resides in the Cotes de Bordeaux appellation. Those vines are used to produce Cap de Faugeres. Essentially three wines are produced from their vines in Saint Emilion; Chateau Faugeres, Peby Faugeres and Haut Faugeres.

To produce the wine of Chateau Faugeres, grapes are whole berry fermented after they undergo a 5-day cold soak at 12 degrees Celsius. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in new, temperature controlled, gleaming, stainless steel tanks that vary in size from 80 hectoliters up to 152 hectoliters. Everything in the cellar is fed by gravity flow.

Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of new and used French oak barrels. The wine of Chateau Faugeres is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for 14 months. During that time, the wine is aged on its post-malolacitc lees for 4 months.

Close to 6,500 cases of Chateau Faugeres are produced each vintage. There is a second wine, Haut Faugeres.

When to Drink Chateau Faugeres, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Faugeres is much better with at least 6-8 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours, or more.

This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Faugeres offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 8-20 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Faugeres with Wine, Food and Pairing Tips

Chateau Faugeres is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Faugeres is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Faugeres is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

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Château Faugères Wine Tasting Notes

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2017Château Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

Fleshy and plush, round and rich, this wine is sweet, fruity, forward and should be great close to its release. The wine was made from a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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2016Château Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

Made from 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine opens with lusciously textured, very ripe, chewy dark plums. Stand by for sweetness, freshness and length.

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2015Château Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94

Fruity, fleshy and fresh, this combines perfectly ripe, opulently textured, red and black fruits, velvet textures and a long end note of licorice, espresso, ripe black plums and black cherry, with a bit of cocoa on top of the fruit.Round, fat, juicy, sweet, ripe, dark red fruits, cocoa, anise, smoke and plums are made even better with the lushly textured mouth feel, silky tannins and sweet, ripe, polished fruits in the finish.

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With more silk on the tannins, additional layers of fruit and complexity, this should easily hit the top of my barrel scores with its round, fat, juicy, sweet, ripe, dark red fruits, cocoa, anise, smoke and plums. The lushly textured finish leaves an impression.

2,229 Views   Tasted 92

Round, fat, juicy, sweet, ripe, dark red fruits, cocoa, anise, smoke and plums are made even better with the lushly textured mouth feel, silky tannins and sweet, ripe, polished fruits in the finish. The wine is made from a blend of 80% Merlot, 15 Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 91-93 Pts

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2014Château Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

The wine is approachable and easy to like. Lush, forward and filled with ripe, juicy plum, chocolate-covered cherry and licorice tones. 90-91 Pts

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2013Château Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)88

Light in color and medium bodied with good freshness in the soft strawberry and cherry finish. Drink this bright wine on the young side to get the most from its fruit, as this is not built for aging. 87-89 Pts

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2012Château Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

Soft, ripe, sweet and easy drinking, with silky tannins, forward in style, ending with a ripe, dark cherry and licorice finish.

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2011Château Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)88

Medium bodied, forward, easy drinking, soft, open and charming. There is no need for long decanting or aging here, just pop, pour and enjoy.

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Medium bodied, soft, polished and open, the wine serves up licorice and black cherries in the nose and on the palate.

3,017 Views   Tasted 89

From 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine is aged in 50% new oak. This medium-bodied wine displays floral, red plum , licorice and earthy aromas and ends with a light red berry finish. 89-90 Pts

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2010Château Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)91

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. 90-91 Pts

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2009Château Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

Lush textures, licorice, espresso, black cherries, plum, cocoa and truffle scents and an opulent, forward, sensuous finish are already on full display.

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2008Château Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

Fully mature, the wine combines truffle and earthy nuances with smoky dark fruits. The wine shows some strict characteristics in the tannins, so you might want to give it an hour of air, and pop your corks over the next few years. Round, fat, juicy, sweet, ripe, dark red fruits, cocoa, anise, smoke and plums are made even better with the lushly textured mouth feel, silky tannins and sweet, ripe, polished fruits in the finish.

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08 Château Faugeres starts off with a truffle nose intermingled with oak and black fruits. This medium/full bodied, elegantly styled wine will offer pleasure at a young age. The wine finishes with silky, jammy black berry flavors. Owner Silvio Denz unveiled his new, show stopping wine making facilities in September 2009. 89-91 Pts

4,024 Views   Tasted 90
2005Château Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

Lush, round and silky, with loads of ripe, black cherry, cocoa and earthy tones, the wine ends with sweet, dark red fruits and chocolate. This is ready from prime time drinking.

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The power trio of Michel Rolland, Stephan von Neipperg and Silvio Denz produced a solid wine in 2005. Still deep in color, with licorice, coffee, blackberry, blueberry, stone and chocolate covered cherries, this is a sensuous, deep, rich, opulent, lush, modern style of St. Emilion wine that has offered pleasure from the moment it was bottled. There is a lot to like here and it's still fairly priced.

4,859 Views   Tasted 92
2000Château Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

Drinking perfectly today, the wine offers all its soft, round textured charms with layers of licorice, coffee bean, black cherries, earth, anise and spice. There is no need to age this wine any longer.

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1998Château Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

Fully mature, the wine is round open and ready for prime time drinking, thanks to its easily accessible, licorice, black cherry, chocolate, earthy character and lushly textured finish. There is no reason to hold this for further evolution.

1,927 Views   Tasted