2005 Faugères, St-Émilion
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Purple to the rim, the 2005 Faugères is a powerhouse at 14.5% alcohol, with notes of graphite, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, licorice and truffle. Some incense also makes an appearance in this full-bodied, super-concentrated, modern-styled St.-Emilion. If I hadn’t known, I would have guessed was the luxury cuvée Péby and not the basic Faugères! Drink it over the next 15 years. (RP)
This has a wonderful nose of dark fruits, tea, and slightly toasted oak. Very clean and precise, more so than the past vintage. I am loving the succulent fruit and velvety tannins, it is very hard not to drink this right now, but will be much better after 2014. A stylistic change after owner Silvio Denz took over.
Dark in color, with intense aromas of blackberry, tar and mineral. Almost minty. Full-bodied, with loads of ripe fruit and vanilla bean character. Long and supercaressing. This racy wine has so much going on, yet it's subtle and sexy.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good ruby-red. Exotic, liqueur-like aromas of black raspberry, chocolate and mint. Superripe, thick and exotic, but with the minty element giving lift to the chocolate liqueur flavor. Very sweet and creamy wine with considerable early sex appeal. The tannins are fat and very ripe. (ST)
Barrel tasting notes: Extremely ripe aromas. Very extracted. Big wine. Very much a crowd pleaser. Tasted three times with consistent notes. Sweet upfront and very tannic and dry on the back end. Extracted. 92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted single blind at Southwold. Macerated black cherries and exotic fruits on the nose: ostentatious, but with good definition and not overbearing with plumes of blueberry soaring from the glass. Very fine balanced on the palate, tannic but nice definition with notes of dense black fruits, tar, black olive with a little spice on the grippy, minerally finish. This is excellent! Drink 2011-2020. Tasted January 2009."