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| ||Tasted by spineguy on 1/29/2014 & rated 92 points: Nice garnet color. Nose: rich leather, earth, and subtle darker fruits. Well rounded, mature, but relatively simple tannins. Medium plus body. Medium finish. There was not one outstanding quality but all components were there without any flaws.|
Improved over 2-3 hours from opening then hit plateau. Drink now-3 years. Overall very enjoyable. (619 views)
| ||Tasted by MRichman on 1/24/2014: Rich and soft with dark lush fruit, espresso. If served this blind I would not have guessed Bordeaux. Not a ton of structure. Black burnt oak. I wouldn't let bottles of this linger, it's ready to drink. On the soft side. Don't love it. (544 views)|
| ||Tasted by swyang on 11/28/2013 & rated 90 points: Nice showing. Well matures and starting to hit its secondary elements. The fruit and tannin is well integrated to let the soil come up and while not a loud monster yet keeping its dignity and elegance at the same time. Well balanced Bordeaux indeed and inviting for yet another sip. (1192 views)|
| ||Tasted by swyang on 11/27/2013 flawed bottle: Corked... (1110 views)|
| ||Tasted by walkerjfw on 10/13/2013 & rated 89 points: At home before dinner on Sunday. Decanted and let open for about 2 hours. Other tasters noted sediment, this bottle didn't have anything meaningful.|
Deep purple color, somewhat opaque.No bricking yet. Classic Bordeaux nose, dark fruits, lavender, floral notes.. In a good place right now, dusky old tannins, ripe dark fruits, blueberry, tart blackberry, currants.
Medium finish, body and acidity. The mid palate is rich. Drinking really well right now, I think it has some time left but (my guess) is it will not improve much from here. Very nice - QPR is great - I think I only paid $30 for the bottle (1584 views)
| ||Tasted by bkizzle on 10/10/2013 & rated 89 points: Pretty and delicious. For around 30USD I think a good value that has done well over the medium term. Definite sediment. Stand upright for several hours before decanting. Good fruit but stands up to structure which is medium bodied in my opinion. My last bottle of 3 & while seeing what it might do in a few more years I can't imagine it'll drink much better than it is currently (1302 views)|
| ||Tasted by swyang on 9/28/2013 & rated 92 points: Very surprising indeed. Opened about 6 hours prior to tasting. Dark violet color, not yet giving up its rim, very deep satisfying blueberry, Mulberry, lead pencil and typical Bordeaux nose. On the palate it is slightly short, but the balance of texture, depth, freshness is simply marvelous, especially considering I had paid something around 20euros upon release. Just starting to be good to appreciate and will last for years. Looking forward to my next few bottle. (1354 views)|
| ||Tasted by DSimmons on 8/12/2013 & rated 88 points: This was good but a bit disappointing for this wine. Not much fruit remaining and a bit overwhelmed with dusky tannin. (1431 views)|
| ||Tasted by wineismylife on 8/11/2013 & rated 92 points: WIML92|
Tasted non blind with dinner. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about an hour.
Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of sandalwood, potpourri, currants and plums. Flavors of plums, black berries and dark currants. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. NOTE: throwing some sediment at this point so you may wish to stand beforehand and then decant. (1081 views)
| ||Tasted by NostraBacchus on 8/11/2013 & rated 91 points: Ruby/purple color. Mature nose of blueberries, black currant, plum, dark chocolate and some balsamic notes. On the palate, there are notes of dark chocolate again, plums, black currant and a touch of green bell pepper. Medium+ body with medium acidity, medium tannins that are fully integrated now. Pretty long finish. This is a fully mature, beautiful Bordeaux that remains one of the best valued wines in St-Emilion. (91+) (1598 views)|
| ||Tasted by jjmonte on 7/29/2013 & rated 90 points: Intense currant, touches of cedar, chocolate and mint. Firm with tannic finish. This wine is plush and a joy to drink. Enjoyable for those who like their wines "young" this one could use some additional bottle age. Won't be at its best for another 5-10 years. (460 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jeff Leve on 5/19/2013 & rated 90 points: 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. (2010 views)|
| ||Tasted by David_T on 4/20/2013 & rated 88 points: This particular bottles tastes fully mature. Aromas of mushroom, earth and cherries. The palate has a nice blend of earth and red fruit with medium but integrated tannins, medium acidity and a medium oak-driven finish. Will likely last several more years with the acid/tannins but I don't see it greatly improving. (1898 views)|
| ||Tasted by ekallio on 4/1/2013: Dark, modern. The fruit is a little muted and flat under the oak influence, and will probably become just more so as the wine evolves further. (1777 views)|
| ||Tasted by wynnewood500 on 3/30/2013: Drinking splendidly! Popped and poured. Solid, dark fruits in a full bodied wine. Enough tannin to give the wine a backbone but not overwhelming. The tannins suggest this can age further and perhaps soften. (1641 views)|
| ||Tasted by empire80 on 2/15/2013 & rated 92 points: Drinking perfectly, quite strong tannin but well balanced by blackberry and cedar. This has a lot of promise for the rest of this decade. (2052 views)|
| ||Tasted by aagrawal on 1/11/2013 & rated 89 points: Deep ruby red color; nose of cherry, red fruit, juicy blackberry, quite ripe; palate is medium-full bodied, soft but structured tannins, juicy fruit; medium length finish. Very nice wine, likely to improve over the short term, recognizable as bordeaux and enjoyable to drink, but lacks the precision and complexity of a top tier wine. Still great QPR and very satisfying. 89-90|
Update: After hours of air, perhaps a bit more complexity but largely unchanged... perhaps a tad more drying in the midpalate and finish. A satisfying everyday wine. (1781 views)
| ||Tasted by khmark7 on 12/31/2012 & rated 88 points: Opened up slowly over an hour. Typical red for the vintage, but this was lacking anything special and was lost on me. Solid and well made but unspectacular. Others in the group liked this much more than myself. (1598 views)|
| ||Tasted by mikecase00 on 11/28/2012 & rated 91 points: This is getting better. Nicely concentrated, good balance, nice mouthfeel, solid finish. Could use a little more complexity on the nose, but I anticipate this will come with more cellar time. (1949 views)|
| ||Tasted by bkizzle on 10/14/2012 & rated 87 points: All tertiary at this point. Good expression however: plum, mushroom are dominant. Tannins have softened. Fruit never Howard up even after 3 hr decant. Might be at its peak. (2264 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rhone Rick on 10/1/2012 & rated 86 points: Fruit on the nose but very bland in the mouth. (2187 views)|
| ||Tasted by cwafford on 9/30/2012 & rated 90 points: Plum and licorice up front. Mild mid-palate, nice long finish. (1856 views)|
| ||Tasted by lfbaum on 9/17/2012 & rated 91 points: Deep Garnet. Lots of berry fruit. Classic Bordeaux finish. Can go another 5 years or so. (1906 views)|
| ||Tasted by Erich48 on 9/2/2012 & rated 92 points: Excellent wine, deep garnet/purple color and still residual tannins 2 hours after decanting - could clearly have aged another few years. Quite powerful with nice mix of spice and fruit, went exceptionally well with Chicken Basque. Wish I had a few more bottles!! (1800 views)|
| ||Tasted by Sundbyberg on 8/8/2012 & rated 91 points: Nose of ripe fruit.|
On the palate very fruity, but not close to being jammy or too sweet. Elegant, close to very elegant, and smooth yet powerful and very focused. Medium to full body. Very merlot-dominated. I would probably have placed this wine in Pomerol, if I had had it blind.
The wine improves throughout our 3-4 hour dinner, which I take as a sign that this wine has a a few more years to go.
This wine is very good. 89-92 pts. (2102 views)
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|By Stephen Tanzer|
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2001, Issue #96
(Chateau Faugeres Saint Emilion Grand Cru) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Chris Kissack|
Winedoctor, February 2008
(Chateau Faugères St Emilion) A very open and expressive nose here, quite exotic, and rich with spiced, plummy fruit. It has a very attractive palate also, soft at the entry and then showing more structure towards the end. Good acidity, overall this has an appealing composition. A lot of substance here. This needs time, between two and five years at least. 17.5+ points
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Saint Emilion Grat Classified Growth, Classified Growths, Grands Crus Classes, GCC
In 1954, while the "Graves" growths had just published their own classification, the wine syndicate of Saint-Emilion, composed by wine growers, brokers and wine traders with the approval of the INAO - Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (A.O.C), decided to work on a classification for the wines of Saint Emilion. Initially, four grades were defined. These were reduced to two - First Great Classified Growth (A and B) and Great Classified Growth - in 1984.
As of Medoc's 1855 historical grading, the Saint-Emilion Great Classified Growth classification is not only based on qualitative criteria by tasting the wines on a ten years period previous to the assessment, but also on commercial considerations such as:
- sales price levels
- national and international commercial distribution
- the estate's reputation on the market
Properties who don't manage to join the club of about sixty Classified Growths are given the denomination of Great Growth ("Grand Cru"), while the remaining wineries of the A.O.C are simply reported as "Saint-Emilion". It is to be noted that the owners must officially apply to appear in the official classification. Thus for example the famous Chateau Tertre-Roteboeuf, whose quality and reputation would easily justify to be listed among the First Great Classified Growths, does not appear here by the will of its owner, François Mitjaville.
The Saint-Emilion Great Growth classification was revised in 1969, 1985, 1996 and 2006. The only two guaranteed vintage (A.O.C) who can apply to the classification are the "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru" and "Saint-Emilion" areas.
By grading 61 properties, the 2006 revision confirmed many growths from the former classification, but also caused a number of surprises and a few inevitable disappointments. Many observers thought that the impressive progression of Perse's Chateau Pavie since 1998 would be rewarded by an upgrade into the First Great Classified Growths (A) category, but finally such was not the case.
Among the estates promoted to the First Great Classified Growths B category are Chateau Troplong-Mondot and Pavie-Macquin, whose efforts made since the Nineties fully justify their new grade. It should be noted that no First Great Classified Growth was relegated to the lower Great Classified Growth class.
Promoted growths from the status of Great Growth ("Grand Cru") to Great Classified Growth ("Grand Cru Classe") are: Chateaux Bellefont-Belcier, Destieux, Fleur Cardinale, Grand Corbin, Grand Corbin-Despagne and Monbousquet.
The demoted growths from the status of Great Classified Growth to Great Growth are: Chateaux Bellevue, Cadet Bon, Faurie de Souchard, Guadet Saint-Julien, La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Belivier), La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Moueix), Lamarzelle, Petite Faurie de Soutard, Tertre Daugay, Villemaurine and Yon-Figeac. If the recent samples of some of the above mentioned properties may justify their current downgrade, there are great chances that estates like Bellevue, Tertre Daugay or Yon-Figeac will be upgraded to their previous rankings by the next revision in 2016 as the progresses noted after 2000, but not entering in the range of vintages (1993 - 2002) appointed for the criteria of selection for the 2006 classification, are noticable.
The two following estates have completely disappeared from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification: Curé-Bon-la-Madeleine (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Canon) and La Clusière (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Pavie).
Finally, no estate considered as "garagiste" has integrated the classification. Valandraud, Mondotte, Le Dome, Bellevue-Mondotte or Magrez-Fombrauge have, for the least, the potential to be ranked as Great Classified Growths. In sight of the very fine quality reached by the above mentioned estates in recent vintages as well as all the innovative wine making methods used by the "garagistes", it remains to be seen whether the authorities will dare to cross the line in 2016..?
St. Émilion Grand Cru Les Vins de St. Émilion (Syndicate Vitocole de Saint-Emilion) – Read about St. Emilion