2009 Cap de Faugeres, Côtes de Castillon
This is pretty, earthy and spicy, with blueberry and blackberry character. Full body, with polished tannins and a lively finish. The dried citrus fruit really comes through here. Better in 2015, but so delicious now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 is possibly the best Cap de Faugeres yet made, a sleeper of the vintage, and a realistically priced one at that. A blend of 85% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon that hit 14% natural alcohol, the wine displays loads of charcoal, blackberry, espresso roast and white chocolate. It is full-bodied, unctuously textured, with very sweet tannin and stunning purity, texture and length. This is a super-duper wine, bottled unfined and unfiltered under the guidance of the consultant Michel Rolland. Drink it over the next 10+ years.
This has a nice plump feel, with fleshy-edged plum and fig fruit framed by red licorice that hangs through the open-knit finish. (Web Only- 2012)
Fabulous value for drinking now (with 1 hour airing) or cellaring 10 years. Best they have made and full of blackberry fruit flavors and some toasty oak. No better $20 merlot blend in our stores. Plenty of stuffing for the long run but massive fruit hides the tannin. -Clyde Beffa