2018 Château Péby Faugères Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé
Château Péby Faugères is a unique winery with a very small Merlot vineyard of 7.45ha in the extension of the south of St. Emilion, with an exceptional clay-limestone terroir with old vines (approx. 45 years old) planted on slopes next to Ch . Faugères where production takes place with very low yields (20hl/ha). The wine matures for 18 months on 65% new oak and the fermentation takes place partly in small oak barrels (microvinification). The miracle duo Michel Rolland and Stephan Von Neipperg provide the advice here. Only 9000 bottles of this delicacy are produced for worldwide distribution.
The wine is packaged in a sculpted bottle with an image of a blackbird and for good reason. From the 2009 vintage, Silvio Denz gave Château Péby Faugères the image that has come to define it: The Blackbird and the Grapes designed by René Lalique in 1928, which is engraved on each bottle of Château Péby Faugères. Silvio Denz is a passionate collector, with a particular fondness for the art of René Lalique - to the extent that he took over the business. Merlot is the grape variety used at Château Péby Faugères, and he has managed to unite his two loves in perfect harmony: the art of René Lalique and the art of wine that he strives for perfection at Château Péby Faugères. The word "merlot" means "little blackbird" in French dialect. The name was given to the grape because of its black color and also the fact that blackbirds like to eat them.
The Château Péby Faugères Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (Grand Cru Classé) is made 100% from Merlot, the Péby Faugères 2018 has a deep garnet purple color and comes out of the glass with inviting notes of blueberry pie, plum pudding, chocolate-covered cherries and mulberries with hints of eucalyptus, cinnamon stick, cloves and unsmoked cigar plus a hint of a cigar box. The taste is full, tight and muscular and has a rock-solid structure of firm, velvety tannins and a wonderful freshness, which ends very long with many mineral notes.
Like many Bordeauxs from vintage 2018b, this one, the 2018 Château Péby Faugères, has also received very high ratings.
Château Péby Faugères Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (Grand Cru Classé) has a very small vineyard of 7.45ha in the extension of the south of St. Emilion, with an exceptional terroir of clay-lime with old vines (approx. 45 years) planted on slopes next to Ch. Faugères where production is done with very low yields (20hl / ha).
The Esquissaud family acquired the estates of Châteaux Faugères and Péby Faugères in 1823 and inherited in 1987 by Pierre-Bernard Guisez. Until then, all the wine produced had been sold to a single local merchant. P. Guisez and his wife Corinne wanted to get more involved in the vineyards and went in search of 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 be fulfilled in a short time with the help of Michel Rolland. From the year 2000, the wines of Château Faugères and Château Péby Faugères have occupied a place among the very best. Robert Parker described Péby Faugères as one of the "24 best Bordeaux wines" and "legend of the future".
The wine is aged for 18 months on 65% new oak and the fermentation is partly done in small oak barrels (microvinification). These are turned up to three times a day by means of a wheel system. The wonder duo Michel Rolland and Stephan Von Neipperg provides the advice here. This top wine can keep for 20 years. Only 9000 bottles of this delicacy are produced and this for worldwide distribution. The wine is packaged in a sculpted bottle with an image of a blackbird. The grape variety merlot gets its name from the French word 'merle', which means blackbird. Thanks to the similarities in both color (black berries) and the fact that blackbirds like the berries of the merlot grape, these were linked.
It has since become an iconic winery with very high ratings including even and 100 out of 100 from Parker so we are talking about an absolute Saint-Émilion Grand Cru.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Winery||Château Péby Faugères|
|Drinking as of||2025|
|James Suckling rating||97|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|