The opposite of the backward, classically styled, inward 2010, the 2009 Peby Faugeres is an extroverted, hedonistic, sexpot of a wine that delivers just about everything you could want from a bottle of wine. It too is inky colored and offers a heavenly perfume of blueberries, cassis, scorched earth, incense, licorice and hints of flowers. It’s a massive, full-bodied, opulent wine, yet stays light and graceful on the palate, with a weightless feel, which is even more remarkable given its incredible concentration, extract, tannic structure, and length. It’s a joy to drink today (in a youthful sort of way) but has another two to three decades of prime drinking. Bravo!
The Peby Faugeres comes from a sector of Faugeres of over 20 acres where the vines are 45 years of age on average. In 2009 the yields were only 18 hectoliters per hectare. This 100% Merlot cuvee was impressive from barrel but is even more remarkable from bottle. One of the superstars of the vintage, this dense, opaque purple wine displays notes of blueberry liqueur intermixed with graphite, pen ink, licorice, incense and white flowers. Deep and full-bodied, with a boatload of tannin and glycerin as well as incredible texture and length, this is a wine of first-growth quality from St.-Emilion that should be cellared for a good 7-8 years, and then drunk over the following 25-30. It finished at around 15% natural alcohol and there are about 1,000 cases of it. 98+ (RP)
A gorgeous wine, featuring a torrent of raspberry and blackberry fruit that blazes along, thanks to riveting acidity that just won't quit. Loads of spice, black tea and perfectly integrated toast notes hold sway on the very sleek finish for now, but this is really stunning for its beam of pure fruit. Best from 2015 through 2030. *Top 100 Wines of 2012* (JM)
Exotic aromas of crushed berries, toasted oak, vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with a wonderful depth of fruit and ultra-velvety tannins. This is very intense and fruity in style. It really impresses you with its richness. Pure Merlot. Slightly New World. Try in 2020.
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