2009 Cap de Faugeres, Côtes de Castillon

SKU #1084447 91 points James Suckling

 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.  (3/2012)

91 points 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. (RP)  (12/2011)

Wine Spectator

 This has a nice plump feel, with fleshy-edged plum and fig fruit framed by red licorice that hangs through the open-knit finish. (JM, Web-2012)

K&L Notes

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. . Plenty of stuffing for the long run but massive fruit hides the tannin. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux Buyer)

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By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/20/2016 | Send Email
You may have heard a great deal of talk about how good the 2009 vintage was in Bordeaux and wondered how much was mere hype. Happily, it’s all true. Here is one of the best values from the Right Bank – the 2009 Cap de Faugères, Côtes de Castillon. “Opulent” is the only word to describe it. Wonderfully ripe, sweet dark fruit with a rich texture, yet surprisingly fresh and lively with fine tannins. Typical of the best of the vintage and at a very attractive price. 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc.

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/4/2012 | Send Email
The first round of this wine sold out quickly after the tasting. Half the vineyards lie in St-Emilion and the other half in Côtes de Castillon. This is a big wine that needed three hours of decanting to take away a slight reductive note on the nose, which then showed ripe plums and dried berries along with chocolate, coffee and oak spice. The palate is ripe, with tons of black fruit, spice and candied plums. Plenty of tannins give structure.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2012 | Send Email
This is a lush wine that retains a sense of proportion, balance and length. Aromas of flowers and ash add complexity to the rich raspberry and blueberry fruit which have a kirsch-like consistancy. The fruit is not bunched up in the middle but rather drawn out by a long, fine , sweet finish. Super value here.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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