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Chateau Peby Faugeres History, Overview
While most people think of Chateau Peby Faugeres as being a relatively new Bordeaux wine, and they are right, the actual vineyard has a long history in the Right Bank dating all the way back to 1823 when it was first cultivated by the Esquissaud family.
In 1987, the vineyards were inherited by Pierre Bernard Guisez and Corinne Guisez. Within a short year, by 1998, the estate was already making better wine.
Chateau Peby Faugeres made its debut with the 1998 vintage. The wine took its name from the owner who had just passed away, Pierre Bernard Guisez. Pierre Bernard Guisez was known as Peby to his friends and family.
Pierre Bernard Guisez died before the 1998 harvest, so the wine, and its name, Peby Faugeres was created as an hommage to him.
The idea for Chateau Peby Faugeres grew out of the desire to make the best wine possible and to honor Pierre Bernard Guisez who had recently passed away. To do this, they made a parcel selection of their best, old vine Merlot.
At first, 8 hectares of vines used to produce Chateau Peby Faugeres and the production was only about 175 cases. Today, Peby Faugeres comes from about 7.5 hectares of vines. Although the production has increased as the vineyards are in much better shape and are in full production these days.
In 2005 the vineyards were purchased by Silvio Denz. Silvio Denz made his fortune in the perfume business. Since that time, he also purchased the famous Lalique company. Aside from his various Bordeaux estates, Silvio Denz also owns vineyards in Spain and Italy.
With the help of his friend Stephan von Neipperg, Silvio Denz purchased the Saint Emilion estate, Chateau Faugeres. For the debut vintage, and for a few subsequent vintages, Silvio Denz changed the name of the wine to Peby Faugeres Cuvee Speciale. Since then, the name has reverted back to Chateau Peby Faugeres.
In 2009, Chateau Faugeres underwent a complete renovation. Following the completion of the renovations, the owner, Silvio Denz renamed his top wine Chateau Peby Faugeres.
The architecturally stunning, state of the art facility, designed by Mario Botta, is one the most modern wineries, inside and out that is located in the Right Bank. That same year, they also earned their ISO 14001 Environmental Certification.
Peby Faugeres Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 7.5 hectare vineyard for Peby Faugers is planted to 100%, old vine Merlot. The Right Bank vineyards have a southeast facing slope. The terroir is mostly limestone and clay soils. Peby Faugeres is produced from the oldest Merlot vines of Faugeres.
Many of the vines are close to 50 years old. Yields are always low. As an example, look at the 2009 vintage, which was produced from only 18 hectoliters per hectare.
Sustainable farming techniques have always been a serious part of the program for the vineyards used to produce Chateau Peby Faugeres. In 2020, they were certified for being 100% biodynamic in their farming.
The vines are planted to a density of 6,600 vines per hectare on the St. Emilion Castillon plateau. It’s closest neighbors, which are all in walking distance are Valandraud, Fleur Cardinale and Rol Valentin.
To produce the wine of Chateau Peby Faugeres, the whole berry grapes undergo a 5 day cold soak at 8 degrees Celsius. 50% of the wine is fermented in two, 50 hectoliter oak vats.
The remainder of the wine is made using micro-vinification techniques, meaning that the wines is fermented and make in French oak barrels.
In the new facilities, everything moves by gravity. Malolactic fermentation is performed in French oak barrels. The wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels. The wine is aged on its post malolactic fermentation lees for the first four months of the aging process.
The wine remains in barrel for up to 18 months. Not much Peby Faugeres is produced. On average, only 1,000 cases or less are made each vintage. There is a second wine, Le Merle de Peby Faugeres.
The Best Vintages of Peby Faugeres are: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2001, 2000 and 1998.
When to Drink Chateau Peby Faugeres, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Peby Faugeres is much better with at least 8-12 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 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 Peby Faugeres offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-30 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Peby Faugeres with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Peby 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 Peby Faugeres is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Peby Faugeres is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Peby Faugeres Character and Style
The style of wine from Chateau Peby Faugeres is modern. The wines are rich, opulent, and full bodied. Layers of lush ripe dark fruit, decadent textures with licorice covered dark berries and chocolate are what you’ll find in the wine of Peby Faugeres.
Forward in style, the wine drinks well young. Yet, it ages deceptively well. The label was updated in 2009. The design features an art deco inspired typeface that looks stunning, with the Lalique glass insert.
Château Péby Faugères Wine Tasting Notes
17 Vintages 89,519 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2017||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Darkness becomes this inky creation not only in color but also in the black cherry, smoke, espresso, wet earth and dark chocolate essences, which define its charisma. The wine is fat, fertile, swanky and sweet. Powerful, long and intense, pure and precocious, simply stated, this rocks! The wine was produced using 100% old vine Merlot.
1,961 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château Péby Faugères Le Merle (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With licorice scents and black cherry on the front end, this wine is all smooth lambskin textures and quite alluring with a red cherry and citrus orientation. There is a touch of cocoa and licorice on the back end, which adds an intriguing bit of pillow talk. This is the second wine of Peby Faugeres, produced from its own blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
1,076 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
It's not just the insane level of concentration, it's the freshness that comes along with it. And don't for the silky tannins, velvety textures and ocean of licorice, chocolate covered plum, and smoky notes with its finish that doesn't want to quit.
1,075 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Richly textured, opulent, sexy, ripe and fresh, there is a purity to the sweet, dense layers of fruit. Thick yet balanced, the black and blue show through really well here. Stratums of fat chocolate-covered boysenberries coat your palate with long lasting flavor. Even better, there is lift and freshness that makes this a wine you'll want to ponder as well as drink. Produced from 100% old vine Merlot, the wine was aged in 65% new French oak barrels, reaching 14.8% with a pH of 3.6.
1,684 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
If inky colored wines are your thing, you came to right place. Especially if you dig decadent textures, rich, full bodied, concentrated, ripe, fleshy wines that coat your palate and stay there, with a cornucopia of ripe, sweet, fruits, licorice, chocolate and smoke.
2,568 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
No shy wallflower of a wine here. This attention-seeking beauty is packed and stacked. This brick house of a wine is filled with layers of velvet-textured, ripe, sweet black fruits, silky tannins, boysenberry jam, smoke, espresso, licorice and dark chocolate. The wine coats your palate and stains your teeth.
3,284 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Rich with layers of ripe, luscious fruit, this wine has smooth, sensuous textures and a concentrated blast of licorice, black cherry, boysenberry and smoky-brewed espresso in the lushly textured finish. Produced from 100% Merlot, the wine was made from low yields of only 20 hectoliters per hectare. 93-94 Pts
2,467 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Plum and licorice scents segue into fresh, plump, black plum and chocolate accents. The wine offers good weight, density and ripeness for the vintage. From 100% Merlot, the wine reached 13% alcohol and is aging in 70% new, French oak. 91-93 Pts
2,607 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2014
|2012||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Deep in color, with a blast of licorice, incense, espresso, ripe berries and a plush, fat rich, sensuous, velvety, long, concentrated, chocolate covered black raspberry finish.
2,485 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
Fleshy, rich, chocolate-covered black and blue fruits with espresso, jam and licorice notes lead to a sensuous, plush, fat wine with a sweet, opulent, ripe, fruit-driven finish. Produced from 100% old vine Merlot. 93-95 Pts
2,784 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
One of the top wines from this difficult vintage in St. Emilion, look for a blast of fresh roasted espresso beans, vanilla, licorice and black raspberries made better by soft, polished textures and a fleshy, black cherry finish.
2,311 Views Tasted Nov 17, 2013
|2010||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The first thing you come in contact with are the smoky, licorice, chocolate, black cherry and clay aromatics. From there, you move to the full bodied, concentrated, polished, lush textured sensation of all those fleshy, ripe, black cherries dipped in chocolate. Give it a few more years for more earthy complexities to appear.
2,368 Views Tasted Nov 14, 2017
2010 Peby Faugeres is produced from 100% Merlot and aged in 100% new oak for 18 months. Production hovers close to 1,000 cases. Deep purple in color, jammy black fruit, espresso, licorice and spice, this thick, powerful, dense, dark wine is stuffed to the brim with decadent ripe fruit, licorice and chocolate that defines voluptuous in a wine. Unctuous and long, the wine ends with licorice, chocolate, spicy plum and jammy berry liqueur. 95-97 Pts
5,599 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2009||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Really sexy, with sensuous textures, ripe, round, luscious fruits and a complex aromatic profile, this is just hedonism in the glass. Drink it now, or age it.
3,482 Views Tasted Jun 18, 2017
From 100% old vine Merlot, this is a serious contender for the sexiest wine of the vintage. In other words, this decadent wine is made for hedonists! Lush, opulent, sensuous textures, boatloads of chocolate covered boysenberries, truffle, licorice and espresso and a lusty, velvet finish are found in this wine. This is already drinking great. Age it, or pop a bottle tonight. Either way, it’s a treat.
4,106 Views Tasted May 19, 2013
|2008||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Black truffles, barbecue smoke, forest floor, blackberry, licorice and sweet, ripe, juicy plums are in the nose and in the full bodied, concentrated palate. The fruit has lift, density, length and complexity.
1,285 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
08 Château Peby Faugeres is the 100% luxury merlot from the top plots at Faugeres, produced in 100% new oak from mostly 40 year old vines from clay and limestone soils. This licorice accented wine offers a plush mouth that ends with notes of chocolate covered, jammy black fruits. 92-94 Pts
3,418 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2009
|2006||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Lush, ripe, round and loaded up with super ripe, lush, round, black fruits, blueberry, chocolate, espresso and licorice. On the palate, this is structured, hedonism, with a chocolate covered, black cherry end note.
2,126 Views Tasted Nov 19, 2017
|2005||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Just coming out of its shell, the wine still shows a youthful, deep, dark color. The debut vintage for the new owner screams with its licorice, truffle, smoke and chocolate drenched black and blue fruit. The wine is dense, yet, fresh and balanced. There is length, complexity and a hedonistic, opulent texture in the finish. This should be great over the next 20 years or so. 1 hour in the decanted added a lot to the wine.
4,021 Views Tasted Nov 16, 2016
|2003||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Blackberries, plums and cassis and a hint of raisinette, (the candy) Very deep, ripe, dense and concentrated in a full bodied, opulent style. This is a sexy wine. A bit more structure would be nice. But if you're looking for hedonistic pleasure, you'll find it here. However this will drink best during its first decade of life.
3,213 Views Tasted Jun 1, 2007
|2001||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, lush, round, opulently styled wine here. The licorice, coffee bean, dark chocolate, earthy, smoke filled black cherry nose starts things off. But it is the luscious textured, concentrated, dark, ripe fruits that really hits the spot.
1,860 Views Tasted Nov 16, 2016
|2000||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Somewhere along the way, this wine lost its fruit. The earthy, licorice, chocolate covered, red cherry wine is tart, short and not as sweet as it was, in its youth.
3,544 Views Tasted Dec 12, 2012
Blackberry liqueur, blueberry and spice notes were easy to find. Rich, concentrated, plush with a medium length finish. A touch of heat was detected in the end.
3,976 Views Tasted Jan 15, 2009
|1998||Château Péby Faugères (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Round, soft and fat in texture, this fully mature wine is packed with dark chocolate, black cherries, espresso, liqueur and earthy notes. The ripe and over ripe fruits are abundant in the fleshy finish.
2,216 Views Tasted Jan 22, 2016
This is one sexy beast. Incredibly plush, lush and opulent, this is all about the decadent textures and boatload of licorice, chocolate fudge and black cherries in the finish. Perhaps not the most complex wine, but it makes up for it with its textures.
2,345 Views Tasted Dec 15, 2015
Chocolate covered cherries, truffle, toast, smoke, incense and minerals create the inviting perfume. Full bodied and rich, this mature wine ends with an opulent textured, fleshy, spicy, black cherry jam filled finish. Bottle #11 out of the case. One more to go and every bottle of this 100% old vine Merlot based wine has been delicious. This was popped and poured.
3,331 Views Tasted May 18, 2013
This wine is for hedonists. It's incredibly sexy, plush, rich, opulent and exotic. Each sniff, swirl and swallow was a treat. I’d want to drink this over the next decade to fully experience its alluring and sensual qualities.
4,014 Views Tasted May 29, 2012
Licorice, chocolate, plum, blackberry, espresso bean and smoke aromas open to a suave, opulent, richly textured wine supple, smooth and sexy textures. This fully mature wine is the best vintage made by this property between 1998 and 2009. I am happy to report the 2010 is a better wine as they are now back to form.
3,664 Views Tasted May 19, 2011
This is incredibly sexy, plush, rich, opulent and exotic. Each sniff, swirl and swallow was a treat. This won't make old bones, nor is it very complex. But if wines were rated solely for pleasure, this sexy, sultry bottle would score close to the high end of the range.
2,967 Views Tasted Feb 23, 2009
This is a sex bomb of a wine! Very rich, fat, opulent and polished. The decadent, exotic mouth feel is a treat for the senses. The wine reminds me of chocolate covered blackberry and plum liqueur. This is drinking great today and should maintain the same level of pleasure for at least another decade.
3,907 Views Tasted Oct 13, 2008
Rich, fat, ripe and concentrated with gobs of lusty red and black fruits, licorice and vanilla, make this a wine for pleasure seekers.
3,775 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2007