2014 Chateau Peby Faugeres
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Robert Parker considers Péby Faugères as “a name to take seriously” and if it’s not already on your radar, now’s the time to start. We’ve got a tiny quantity of the 96-point 2014 vintage, and at the best price online. Fans of modern Saint Emilion will not want to miss this one.The Péby Faugères vineyard is a small plot of gnarly old vine Merlot from within the larger Château Faugères property and the result in 2014 is "a gorgeous wine" (Galloni).
The results at Péby Faugères should not be surprising given that the team is, quite simply, world class. On hand to provide guidance and counsel on all things vineyard-related is Stephan von Niepperg, proprietor of an enviable list of right bank properties including La Mondotte, Canon La Gaffelière and Clos de l’Oratoire. In the winery, Michel Rolland consults on winemaking decisions. Need we say more?
Acquired by Silvio Denz (owner of Lalique crystal) in 2005, Péby Faugères has been on a serious hot streak ever since. Per Parker, “this has always been a good estate, but the new proprietor...has pushed things to a higher standard.” The effect has been profound, and today the property is “usually one of the best wines in all of the top vintages, thanks to the severe selection and impressive consulting team”. The 2005 vintage scored a perfect 100 points per the Wine Advocate, and scores in the mid to high 90s are par for the course.
Péby Faugères 2014 is a hit with the critics. Per James Suckling, it shows a “full body, silky and firm tannins and a long and flavorful finish” with “such class for the vintage” (96 points). Antonio Galloni calls it “a rich, full-throttle wine” that’s “unctuous and powerful, with soft contours and fabulous depth” (95 points). Jeb Dunnuck says that “while it’s certainly a more modern styled wine, it has beautiful purity, notable freshness, only subtle oak, and a silky texture, and is, again, beautifully balanced” (95 points).
Word to the wise: Péby Faugères is ranked as a Grand Cru Classé estate in the Saint Emilion classification, but don’t expect it to stay that way for long. The first Péby Faugères vintage was as recent as 1998, precluding it from consideration for higher rankings as there were not enough back vintages in bottle. Chris Kissack says that Silvio Denz “believes it capable of classification at the premier grand cru classé level” so “no doubt [he] will be back with these next time around”. A possible promotion in 2022 will mean that this already scarce wine will become harder to find and, almost certainly, more expensive. Sourcing a bottle for under $100 may soon be a thing of the past, so grab this while you can. Cheers!