Rich in anthocyanins and has velvety and finely extracted tannins. There is a freshness on the palate and perfect balance. The wines are very aromatic, with notes of red berries, menthol and licorice, and a marked mineral character. A long finish, fruity and fresh.
last bottle -- twentyone -- 2014 vintage — Ernie’s rack row1 — 021 -- Gift from family for 65th birthday, Park Royal, $80.00 -- Bordeaux blend, -- 94 points, James Suckling said, "Incredible aromas of blackberries, blueberries, minerals and stone. Wow. Full-bodied, silky and firm. So polished. Sexy. Drink in '022" -- 92 points, Wine Advocate said, "The 2014 Faugeres still has bundles of red plum and juniper berry on the nose, if anything even more generous than when I tasted it a few months ago. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, superb structure and well judged acidity. It merges with more black fruit towards the finish and has palpable energy on the finish—still excellent" -- 90 points, Wine Spectator said, "Sports a lively core of bramble, blackberry and black currant, with good licorice and fruitcake notes filling in behind. Presents some slightly rambunctious energy but should settle in soon enough. Best from '018 through '028" --
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/20/2014
Wine Advocate(2004 Vintage) Rating: (87-88) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 165 on Jun-06
Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 3/07
Wine & Spirits(2009 Vintage) Bright medium ruby. Supperripe, porty aromas of blueberry, espresso and licorice. Deep, sexy and sweet, with ripe, densely packed flavors of crushed dark berries, licorice and spicy oak. Finishes with ripe, chewy tannins and sweet fruit. Not a subtle wine but offers a lot of flavor - not to mention considerable immediate appeal. (A second bottle of equal quality showed more perfumed lift to its blackberry, licorice and violet aromas and was distinctly less porty; the palate was a bit less weighty and more elegant.)
Wine Spectator(2009 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/18/2012