Robert Parker 90
"One of the stars of the vintage, the opaque ruby/purple-colored 2007 Faugeres shows lots of graphite, vanillin, blueberry, black currant, licorice, and crushed rock characteristics. Surprisingly dense and full-bodied for a 2007, with sweet tannin and low acidity, it should drink nicely for 10-12 years.
This has always been a good estate, but the new proprietor, Silvio Denz, has pushed things to a higher standard by lowering yields and doing an even stricter selection."
" Located on the eastern slopes of Saint Emilion, these south-facing, sun-drenched parcels form a crescent around a rocky knoll which is topped with a charming 18th C. chartreuse. In 1987 the Guisez family inherited the 40h property and brought it back to life. Corinne Guisez, after the sudden passing of her husband, Peby, sold the estate in 2005 to Silvio Denz a Swiss businessman, who has since doubled the size of the vineyard. Wine-growing is managed by Alain Dourthe - he and his team have been together since 1997 - this is the strength of Faugeres. The vines are densely-planted (8800 per h), see no pesticides, and only small amounts of copper and sulphur are used to fight mildew. The vineyard team has planted two miles of hedgerows - unique in all of Bordeaux. This biodiversity, coupled with a second state-of-the-art winemaking cathedral, designed by Silvio's Swiss compatriot Mario Botta, has led to better selection and fermentation, a new second wine, and to wines with more intensity and power, finesse and longevity. " ~ Winegrower/Consultant: Alain Dourthe / Michel Rolland
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