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Chateau Faizeau Montagne-St.-Emilion 2015

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3.9 59 Ratings
750ML / 0% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The wine has been in barrel since before Christmas and so has now had plenty of time to settle down. It still has that black fleshy liquorice-flavoured fruit , but now those warm, rather Rhôney, slightly overripe tones of the past have been replaced by more vibrant, fresher notes.

Blend: 94% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc

Critical Acclaim

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Well structured and smooth in tannin, this is a ripe and smoky wine. It is full of rich, juicy acidity that complements swathes of black currant fruits. The wine is fresh yet still rich at the end.
Barrel Sample: 91-93
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2015 Château Faizeau has a more understated and reserved bouquet than some of its peers, a little old school in style, yet it has charm and personality with its marine-tinged black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, well-judged acidity and a gentle grip on the long and satisfying finish. This is well worth seeking out, because this is an excellent Montagne Saint Emilion.

Range: 90-92

JS 90
James Suckling
Blackberry and hot-stone aromas with hints of plum jam. Very ripe. Full body, round and juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Straightforward. Drink now or hold.
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Chateau Faizeau

Chateau Faizeau

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Chateau Faizeau, France
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“Faizeau” is a diminutive of the word “Faize”, in reference to the Benedictine abbey of Faize, situated close to the property and which owned, amongst other plots, vineyards in Pauillac and Saint-Emilion. Built on the slopes of Calon hill, the highest point in the region of Libourne, the chateau is one of the oldest wine-growing “terroirs” around Bordeaux. It already figured on the map drawn up by the engineer Belleyme in the 18th century.

The vineyards of Chateau Faizeau are of the highest quality and boast a magnificent terroir and privileged location on a plateau oriented east and west, bathed in sunshine all day long.

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St-Émilion Wine

Bordeaux, France

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Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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