About this WINE
Chateau Peby Faugeres
This luxury cuvee is culled from a 5 acre parcel of the Faugeres vineyard this loaded St Emilion should turn out to be one of the finest wines of the vintages.
Heralded from the Faugeres vineyard (a parcel of primarily Merlot with small quantities of Cabernet Franc), this spectacular St.-Emilion represents the essence of flavour, with a beautiful elegance and complexity.
The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.
In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 28/02/2013