2016 Château Cap de Faugères Castillon
Château CAP DE FAUGÈRES from Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux has long been part of Château Faugères. The Cap de Faugères is the little brother of Péby Faugères and Faugères, Château Cap de Faugères, with an area of 20 ha, is located in the pretty town of Sainte-Colombe, in the Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux appellation. It benefits from a beautiful clay and limestone terroir in continuity with that of Saint-Emilion, which is worked with equal rigor and passion by the same team. With each vintage, the terroir expresses itself to make wines of immediate pleasure. Vinified by the same team and with the same rigor, the estate's wine benefits from a cellar designed by the architects Jean de Gastines and Patrick Dillon. Behind its monumental door, it offers its 20 stainless steel barrels for the production of wines to be tasted shortly after bottling. The bottles of Cap de Faugères, distributed all over the world, can be enjoyed even at the most prestigious tables, including those of the English royal family who, in 2012, donated the estate's wine on the occasion of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Faugeres is also accompanied by Michel Rolland.
The grapes for the Cap de Faugères come from 20 hectares planted on a clay-limestone slope bordering the slopes of Saint-Emilion. Small yields of about 45 hectoliters per hectare. Certified with the High Environmental Value level 3 label. The wine is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vinification in stainless steel vats to preserve freshness and elegance. The wine ages for 12 to 14 months, 60% in first year oak barrels and 40% in second year barrels. There is no clarification (so deposits can remain in the bottle)
Unlike Péby Faugères and Faugères. is this Cap de Faugères meant to be enjoyed in its younger years. The wine has wonderfully young, crunchy fruit and supple tannins. Medium-bodied red with plums and berries. delicious Soft and refined with beautiful, ripe and creamy tannins. Highly polished. The wine (rightly) receives a very high rating (see the tab: Appendix for an overview) and this is mainly because the price / quality is unprecedentedly good. Jeb Dunnuck (91-93/100) writes: "Always a smoking wine (as well as a hard to beat value) "
From 1823, the Esquissaud family acquired the estates of Châteaux Faugères and Péby Faugères. In 1987, the land is inherited by Pierre-Bernard Guisez. Until then, all wine produced had been sold to one local merchant. P. Guisez and his wife Corinne wanted to get more involved in the vineyards and started looking for the best quality. Their wish was to see these exquisite terroirs become jewels in the crown of the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation, a wish that would soon be fulfilled with the help of Michel Rolland - the famous wine consultant. Since the year 2000, the wines of Château Faugères and Château Péby Faugères have taken their place among the very best. Robert Parker described the Château Faugères in 2000 as "one of the great revelations of this vintage".
In March 2005, the property was bought by Silvio Denz - a perfume designer, lover of fine wines, owner of Lalique and of two wine merchants in Zurich of which "Denz Weine". He is passionate about art and in particular the creations of René Lalique. When he acquired Château Faugères, he decided to rely on the exceptional clay and limestone to take the wines of Château Faugères to the heights, continuing the quest for quality and allowing the great terroirs of Faugères to express themselves to the fullest and that is rewarded because in 2012 Château Faugères will become a Grand Cru Classé
Château Faugères covers 37 hectares of land that includes some of the most beautiful terroirs of Saint-Emilion. The vines are on a limestone plateau of asteria limestone subsoil, dating from the lower Oligocene, and clay and limestone slopes facing southeast in a circular formation, with limestone soil on clay and upper Eocene and Oligocene limestone molasses. This terroir is cultivated through natural sustainable viticulture.
The monumental winery designed by Mario Botta is located at the top of the plateau overlooking Château Faugères, built in the 18th century chartreuse style. It is a harmonious addition to the countryside, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mario Botta, "Master of Light and Gravity", has managed to turn the Château Faugères winery into a masterful work of art - a true wine cathedral. "For me, the project invites a comparison between 'rational' architecture built by man and the 'natural' evolution of the countryside," explains Mario Botta, "one enriching the other."
For Silvio Denz, the goal of the new winery is to serve the never-ending quest to improve the quality of the wine at every stage of production, using the very latest technology. Michel Rolland again actively cooperated, giving absolute priority to the capacity, organization and optimization of internal procedures.
|Type of Wine
|Côtes de Bordeaux
|Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Dry, Aged on wood, Mineral, Red fruit
|Cadeau!, Indruk maken, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch