The blackberry and blueberry character is impressive on the nose with some licorice and graphite. Salty. Full-bodied, tannic and velvety. Powerful finish. Chewy. Best Faugères ever?
95-96 points, James Suckling (Apr 2019)
The 2018 Faugères is fresh, lively and quite deep, with a striking interplay of floral top notes and rich, layered fruit. I sense a shift towards a more refined style. Even so, there is plenty of the depth and textural richness readers have become accustomed to. Dark red fruit, espresso, cedar and dried flowers add lovely shades of aromatic nuance as well as energy. The 2018 is beautifully rendered. The blend is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Proprietor Silvio Denz and consulting winemake Michel Rolland turned out a gorgeous Faugères in 2018. My only real critique is that Faugères and the pure Péby Faugères are more closer in style than they usually are, which is remarkable as the blends are totally different! Tasted three times.
92-95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2019)
From older vines on the Saint-Émilion and Castillon border, the 2018 Château Faugères is a full-bodied, powerful, yet beautifully pure 2018 that has ample blue fruits, flowers, and earthy aromas and flavors. This wine always seems to deliver, and the 2018 is no exception. Full-bodied, rounded, and pleasure-bent, yet with elegance and purity, drink it on release and over the following 15 years or more. The blend of the 2018 is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, all still aging in 50% new oak. Tasted twice.
92-94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2019)