Château Cap de Faugères Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Castillon 2004
The 140-acre Faugres estate straddles two appellations in the region, with half its vineyards in St.-Emilion and half in the satellite appellation, Ctes de Castillon. This is their Ctes de Castillon 2004 vintage which is ripe, meaty, quite substantial, gently oaky and highly commendable! A deep ruby/purple color is followed by copious aromas of blackberries, lead pencil shavings, toast, and subtle herbs as well as smoke. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy, and concentrated, this sleeper of the vintage is ideal for drinking over the next decade.Cheese Pairings: 30-month Bandaged Cheddar, Double Gloucester, 5-Year GoudaFood Pairings: Grilled Lamb with Garlic Aioli, Braised Short Ribs, Roast Duck
External Reviews for Château Cap de Faugères Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Castillon
Madame Corrine Guisez, who owns the more famous St.-Emilion estate of Château Faugeres, has hit a home run with this terrific sleeper of the vintage. A large-scaled, opulently-textured, inky/purple-colored effort, it boasts a rich, sumptuous perfume of camphor, black raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. It is a rich, full-bodied wine to enjoy over the next decade.
Lots of crushed berry on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy yet round tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Packed with fruit and good tannins. Best after 2009.
(Barrel tasting) Loads of blackberry and raspberry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate with fine tannins and a long, caressing finish.
A juicy, full-bodied red, with clean blackberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Very fruity and well-balanced. Tempting now. Best after 2011.
Always one of the top Cotes de Castillons, the 2005 Cap des Faugeres is revealing more rustic tannin than it did from barrel, but it is weighty, deep, rich effort offering a flamboyant nose of black fruits, coffee, chocolate, and toasty oak. While dense and full-bodied, the rough tannin in the finish suggests it will benefit from another year or so of bottle age; it should keep for a decade.
This is part of the Château Faugères estate, which straddles two Right Bank appellations - St.-Emilion and Côtes de Castillon. The property was sold last year to Swiss luxury goods entrepreneur Silvio Denz, who retained the services of globetrotting consultant Michel Rolland. The wine is packed with crushed berry flavors and good tannins.
A perennial value pick for smart consumers, Cap de Faugeres is fashioned by world-renowned oenologist, Michel Rolland. The 2005, which achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, is a forward concoction of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Its black/purple color is accompanied by sweet scents of incense, black tea, licorice, and subtle oak. Medium to full-bodied, opulent, and rich, it should drink well for a decade or more.
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