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| ||Tasted by Julian Marshall on 5/29/2016: Very promising bouquet of sweet blueberry and cassis, leading into a bright, arresting attack of the same, but that's as far as it goes. No trace of oak and no mocha flavours, but no complexity and no finish. I couldn't help be reminded of the Malescot 01 I tried last week - but this is at least a St.Emilion, so it does taste more or less like one. Fine with food, very boring without. I can't score this objectively - for me, this is an 85 pt wine, at best, for others, probably 90 or 91. It might improve with age since the flavours are still very primary, but the lack of grip and backbone don't augur well, so if you like this type of wine, probably best to enjoy it now. (474 views)|
| ||Tasted by khmark7 on 5/28/2016 & rated 88 points: Typical character for the vintage. Suggest drinking sooner than later. Tannins fully resolved. (448 views)|
| ||Tasted by dsimmons on 5/19/2016 & rated 93 points: My one and only bottle of this wine... too bad. Certainly drinking well now. Fruit, graphite, leather. Nice balance. Tannin integrated. Yummy bottle. (720 views)|
| ||Tasted by MRichman on 4/23/2016: Good, well matured, softish Bordeaux. Not getting any better, but I don't think it's falling off a cliff either. Nothing too exciting, but very enjoyable. (932 views)|
| ||Tasted by J o e on 4/5/2016 & rated 92 points: Deep ruby red, no lightening at the rim. Aromas of melted fudge, plums and spices jump out of the glass. In the mouth, this medium- to full-bodied St Emilion showcases a combination of red and black berries, herbs and dark chocolate. This bottle is clearly at peak, with tannins largely resolved. However, there is no sense that the wine will fall apart anytime soon. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this drinks well for another decade or so. 15 years of bottle age have effectively eliminated youthful oak and rough edges, and what is left is a quintessential right bank wine with nothing out of place -- a wine of true pleasure. 92. (1038 views)|
| ||Tasted by brich on 4/4/2016 & rated 91 points: I realize that I'm rating this higher than average, but i think it deserves it. I aerated it and let it sit for an hour. Very lovely. (829 views)|
| ||Tasted by sfarwig on 2/13/2016 & rated 92 points: Still drinking beautifully. (1132 views)|
| ||Tasted by lmbernstein on 1/25/2016 & rated 90 points: Tannins are soft now. Medium finish. Nose is not as full. Def peaked or just post peak. Still greatness in the bottle. (1155 views)|
| ||Tasted by lmbernstein on 1/25/2016 & rated 90 points: Soft tannins. Medium length finish. Peaked or just post peak. Still very solid. (1361 views)|
| ||Tasted by vinzin on 12/29/2015 flawed bottle: This bottle must have been corked. (1291 views)|
| ||Tasted by Timikeb81 on 11/14/2015 & rated 90 points: Smoky some cigar, deep brown red, dark fruit and smooth. I used the pour back and forth 6 times trick but it still needed an hour to open more. (1587 views)|
| ||Tasted by samalexis on 11/1/2015 & rated 91 points: Very Smooth, opened up after 90 minute decant. Exceeded expectations. Think it has a few years left but highly doubt it will improve beyond where it is now. (1403 views)|
| ||Tasted by empire80 on 10/11/2015 & rated 91 points: Black fruit, plum, and hint of cedar. Slight astringent acidity, benefits from a long decant. (1349 views)|
| ||Tasted by Chaz Bham on 10/10/2015 & rated 85 points: Robe rouge profond, opaque. Un peu trop d'alcool. Hors de l'équilibre. (1248 views)|
| ||Tasted by mchrist on 9/7/2015 & rated 90 points: middle of fairway bordeaux. in good spot right now. drink up (1407 views)|
| ||Tasted by redknife on 8/9/2015 & rated 89 points: Took to Ruths Chris|
Quick decant before going to the restaurant
Nice dark fruits with a touch of smoke
At the beginning too acidic but it mellowed some by the end of the night. I think I liked my first two bottles better than this one. (1320 views)
| ||Tasted by KSWinegeek on 8/4/2015 & rated 92 points: Lots of sediment in bottle. Deep, ruby red color. Cedar, black fruit and vanilla notes on nose. Smooth, with cherry flavors and reduced tannins. Nose and flavors evolved over 4 hour decant. Well made wine. (1282 views)|
| ||Tasted by bestdamncab on 7/21/2015 & rated 90 points: Entering these tasting notes seemed the appropriate time to enjoy Bordeaux. Nose of ripe, red cherry fruit, touch of cigar box, dusty earth and allspice, more of the same on the palate, medium body, very tasty, mouth filling fruit, at it's best, time to enjoy. long, fruity finish. (1498 views)|
| ||Tasted by bestdamncab on 6/23/2015 & rated 90 points: Nose of red cherry fruit, touch of cigar box and allspice, more of the same on the palate, medium body, very tasty, touch simple, at it's best, long finish. (1536 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rezy13 on 6/2/2015: Tuesday Night Double Blind $40+ (Bin 75): Very dark core with thin dull garnet rim; charcoal, soy, smoked meat, chocolate, bay leaf; duller palate, not much fruit, some acid though bitter tannin; past peak; owner said it was from a lot where some bottles were great and others like this; disappointing. (1506 views)|
| ||Tasted by redknife on 4/25/2015 & rated 92 points: took to christys with prime rib was great. Drinking beautifully with an hr decant. Fruity and meaty with a touch of smokiness and long finish. Great qpr (1488 views)|
| ||Tasted by Teamcrev on 3/16/2015 & rated 93 points: Wonderful wine. I don't see how this will get much better with age? Tannins have really calmed down and the black fruits are wonderful. (1722 views)|
| ||Tasted by redknife on 2/15/2015 & rated 90 points: young|
give 7-10 years to peak (1771 views)
| ||Tasted by brubron on 2/8/2015: The last bottle of this was quite off. But this one was wonderful. It comes out harsh but just needs time in the air. In this case, 3 hours did it --revealing a mature, rich, smooth and completely satisyfing right bank offering. (1664 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 11/8/2014 & rated 91 points: Took awhile to open up, but after an hour or so, it was a very good wine. Good fruit; excellent bordeaux style. (2503 views)|
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|By Stephen Tanzer|
Vinous, May/June 2001, IWC 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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2015 Vintage Notes:
"Most of the buzz was for the rich, exotically fruity wines of Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, but there were also stellar classic reds (and whites) in France’s Graves region, south of Bordeaux, Margaux, and elsewhere in the Médoc." - Elin McCoy
"It's a great vintage for the Sauvignon Blanc" - Jean-Christophe Mau
Libournais Libournais (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) - Read more about St. Emilion and its wines - Read more about Pomerol and its wines
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