Chateau Cap de Faugeres 2016

Chateau Cap de Faugeres 2016

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The history of Chateau Faugeres, Chateau Cap de Faugeres, and Peby Faugeres are tightly entwined together. In 1823 the Esquissaud family acquires the land. 150 years later, Pierre-Bernard Guisez inherits the land. In 1992 construction begins on the winery. In 2005 Silvio Denz purchases all three properties.

The Chateau Cap de Faugeres is 46 Hectares planted with 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.  This is the same ratio as their Saint Emilion property, Chateau Faugeres.

"A wine that always seems to deliver, the 2016 Château Cap de Faugères is another winner. Based on 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon that hit 14.5% natural alcohol, it gives up a spicy, dried rose petal, underbrush, and sweet cherry-driven perfume and is silky, pure, and elegant on the palate, with fine tannins. Drink it any time over the coming 10-15 years." -90pts, Jeb Dunnuck

Wine Spectator: 90
This is racy and fresh, showing a beam of loganberry and red currant coulis flavors driving along, laced with subtle savory detail and tobacco and iron notes. The racy finish is carried by mouthwatering acidity. Drink now through 2028.
Wine Advocate: 90
The 2016 Cap de Faugeres (composed of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) has a medium garnet-purple color and reveals notions of warm plums, blackberry pie and black raspberries with touches of pencil shavings and sautéed herbs. Medium-bodied with a velvety texture and good core of black fruits, it finishes on a long-lasting earthy note.
Decanter: 91
An estate that has gone long on extraction in the past, but I'm really enjoying what they have done this year. This is big but very pretty, held back under tension, showing juicy black cherry and touches of chocolate. The soft, chalky tannins are very well placed; you can almost brush through them. This wine impressed me over several tastings. Drinking Window 2020 - 2035.
Vinous: 90
The 2015 La Mouleyre emerges from Ctes de Castillon side of Silvio Denz's property. Ripe, exotic and totally unctuous, the Mouleyre captures all of the intensity and pure richness of the year in spades. A host of mocha, tobacco, smoke, licorice and menthol notes meld into the deep finish. La Mouleyre is roughly 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from parcels that sit on the border with the Saint-Etienne-de-Lisse sector of St.-milion.
James Suckling: 90
Attractive dark berries and plums with gently flinty warm stones and a very plush, fruity palate with ripe darker plums from start to finish. Try from 2020.