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|Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2022 (based on 9 user opinions)|
|Community Tasting History|
Community Tasting Notes (average 10 notes) - and median of 91 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by Richard Jennings on 11/11/2013 & rated 90 points: Very dark ruby color; appealing, ripe berry, black currant nose; rich, ripe black fruit, ripe berry palate; medium-plus finish (85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% alcohol; reminiscent of a Napa Cab; ready now) (408 views)|
| ||Tasted by ScottPreston on 9/27/2013 & rated 91 points: I am really surprised at some of the lower ratings for this wine. It is a little young, but with an hour in the decanter i thought it was a beautiful expression of St. Emillion (modern style though). Big rich black and blue fruits, great tannins, and a moderate finish. For the price i think this is a must buy (839 views)|
| ||Tasted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 8/25/2013 & rated 80 points: Bad idea again ... Too early, wine way too young ... Needed to wait at least 5 yrs (924 views)|
| ||Tasted by bcd on 1/4/2013 & rated 91 points: Surprisingly good drinkable at this young age. Perfect QPR! (1802 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 11/13/2012 & rated 89 points: Creamy and spicy typically St. Emilion bouquet, youthful and good fruits with a firm dose of new oak. On the palate dark fruits, juicy, a firm dose of toasted oak and sticky tannin. Would like to try this again around 2017 to see what has happened. 89+? (1860 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 1/17/2012 & rated 88 points: Barrel sample. In this stage a pleasant and easy going wine with good chocolate, some sweetness and soft tannin. Would like to taste this again after it has been in the bottle for a year or so. For now 88, but when more complexity shows in a later stage, it could add a few points. (2268 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jeff Leve on 4/22/2011 & rated 91 points: 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 (2265 views)|
| ||Tasted by basemess on 4/4/2011 & rated 91 points: Good nose - nice freshness and dark, ripe fruits with a hint of licorice. Lifted, perfumed; lovely texture and weight. Very nice flavour. Good wine. 89-92 (1835 views)|
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|By Jancis Robinson, MW|
(Ch Faugères St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Stephen Tanzer|
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2013, Issue #169
(Chateau Faugeres Saint-Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Ian D'Agata|
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2011, Issue #156
(Chateau Faugeres Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Richard Jennings|
(Château Faugères) Very dark ruby color; appealing, ripe berry, black currant nose; rich, ripe black fruit, ripe berry palate; medium-plus finish (85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% alcohol; reminiscent of a Napa Cab; ready now) 90 points
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Red Bordeaux Blend Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.
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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