2009 Faugeres, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Aromas of smoke, meat, minerals, dried flowers and sandalwood with fruit. Full body, with round, velvety tannins and lots of juicy ripe fruit. Chewy and delicious. Needs at least four to five years to soften.
Very ripe, sweet plums and figs, with plush, sweet fruits and the richest structure.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Far more accessible is the 2009 Faugeres. Again, cropped at a low 18 hectoliters per hectare, but a different blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine boasts 14.5% natural alcohol, and both Stefan von Neipperg and Michel Rolland confer on the consulting. Full-bodied and dark ruby/purple, with a nose of graphite, pen ink, blueberries and black raspberries, the wine is deep, dense and pure, with a broad, savory texture and a long finish with no astringency. Drink this beauty over the next 15-20 years.
Dense in its layers of blackberry, linzer torte and plum sauce, but caressing in feel, with silky structure and a long finish that has a well-buried, chalky minerality. Almost approachable now, but the precision and balance are there for the cellar. Best from 2013 through 2025. 5,000 cases made.
Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.