Château Cap de Faugères

Côtes de Castillon Merlot Blend

8.8148 ratings
8.718 pro ratings
Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Stefan Dolhain

2011 vintage. Estate with 46 hectares of vineyards owned by Silvio Denz (also Faugères, Péby-Faugères and Roycheron in Saint-Emilion , and Lafayrie-Peyraguey in Sauternes). Sometimes criticised for the modern style, the truth is in the glass. And this Cap de Faugères from a difficult vintage absolutely delivers for the price (9,90 euro). Deep red colour with only a slight evolution at the rim. The nose is a bit jammy, but the mouth is much better with the ripe fruit balanced by the acidity and well-tamed tannin. It may be not the most subtle wine, but it's a very attractive right bank Bordeaux at its peak and a strong effort for the vintage.

2011 vintage. Estate with 46 hectares of vineyards owned by Silvio Denz (also Faugères, Péby-Faugères and Roycheron in Saint-Emilion , and Lafayrie-Peyraguey in Sauternes). Sometimes criticised for the modern style, the truth is in the glass. And this Cap de Faugères from a difficult vintage absolutely delivers for the price (9,90 euro). Deep red colour with only a slight evolution at the rim. The nose is a bit jammy, but the mouth is much better with the ripe fruit balanced by the acidity and well-tamed tannin. It may be not the most subtle wine, but it's a very attractive right bank Bordeaux at its peak and a strong effort for the vintage.

Dec 26th, 2020
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

7.2

Deeply flawed wine. Tastes like some of the red grapes got Grey rot and then the grapes weren’t sorted. Foul.

Deeply flawed wine. Tastes like some of the red grapes got Grey rot and then the grapes weren’t sorted. Foul.

Jan 19th, 2019
Fredrik Finn

Overall solid performance with a good fruit ripeness and energetic backbone with some layered complexity, a well integrated oak profile. Balanced throughout, but lacking some length to reach higher.

Overall solid performance with a good fruit ripeness and energetic backbone with some layered complexity, a well integrated oak profile. Balanced throughout, but lacking some length to reach higher.

Nov 18th, 2018
Fredrik Finn

This wine can stand tall as a gatekeeper of its provenance and act as a proof of the true greatness of Merlot when its crafted with respect. Everything is there, we have some dark, graceful and plush fruit, we have some red soft fruit acting in the background, we have complexity coming from spice, nutmeg, coffee and we have a fine dose of pencil shavings luring in the background. The palate jumps off with a prune like character, but the tannins are quick to act, embracing the fruit, keeping the wine dry and surrounds the palate throughout a good lenght. A bit of heat from the alcohol in the back end, but I guess you need that after a week like this. It’s lovely and makes me long for the great right bank of Bordeaux.

This wine can stand tall as a gatekeeper of its provenance and act as a proof of the true greatness of Merlot when its crafted with respect. Everything is there, we have some dark, graceful and plush fruit, we have some red soft fruit acting in the background, we have complexity coming from spice, nutmeg, coffee and we have a fine dose of pencil shavings luring in the background. The palate jumps off with a prune like character, but the tannins are quick to act, embracing the fruit, keeping the wine dry and surrounds the palate throughout a good lenght. A bit of heat from the alcohol in the back end, but I guess you need that after a week like this. It’s lovely and makes me long for the great right bank of Bordeaux.

2 people found it helpfulMar 26th, 2020
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.0

I seldom encounter wines from Bordeaux, offering loads of pleasure at bargain prices. This is a great exception! Well done.

I seldom encounter wines from Bordeaux, offering loads of pleasure at bargain prices. This is a great exception! Well done.

1 person found it helpfulJun 17th, 2018
Sarah Vela

Great acid, velvety tannins, a little dried cranberry and herb. Good for steak!

Great acid, velvety tannins, a little dried cranberry and herb. Good for steak!

1 person found it helpfulSep 24th, 2014
Megan Stockton

Quite tight but has potential-lay down for a couple of years

Quite tight but has potential-lay down for a couple of years

May 30th, 2017
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

8.8

Crazy amazing Bordeuax value from Castillon. Try the 09 and 10... This is also very good but a little too extracted for my taste today

Crazy amazing Bordeuax value from Castillon. Try the 09 and 10... This is also very good but a little too extracted for my taste today

Feb 7th, 2016
Charles Gibbs

Tasty

Tasty

Feb 2nd, 2015
Tom Kobylarz

Simple but delicious, showing a little maturity but the fruit is ripe and the tannins ripe and velvety smooth.

Simple but delicious, showing a little maturity but the fruit is ripe and the tannins ripe and velvety smooth.

Dec 5th, 2014