CHÂTEAU PÉBY FAUGÈRES 2003
SAINT EMILION GRAND CRU
Grape : Merlot 100%
Terroir : Château Péby Faugères stretches over some 7.45 hectares and is located on a single clay and limestone slope, facing south-southeast and consisting of limestone soil on clay and limestone and molasse, soft chalk with silt and clay - a tertiary formation dating back to the upper Eoceneand Oligocene.
Thanks to a combination of a rich old soil and a unique micro-climate, the presence of a river and the circular formation of the slope, this terroir in line with the south slope of Saint-Emilion is a world in itself, of which man is merely the custodian. His sole duty is to reveal its full character.
Tasting notes : The nose is ripe, forward and sweet with layers of sweet fruit and chocolate, unctuous and concentrated palate, some roasted notes, cocoa bean and finely integrated tannins, very rich almost explosive finish, really long persistence, great structure and warmth.
A rare vintage in every sense : The summer brought a heat-wave with record sunshine hours and a number of days over 30°C that was well above average. The vintage was marked by quite a cold winter with many days of frost, a mild spring with greater than average differences in temperature and an extremely hot summer, particularly June (+5.3°) but above all August (+6°) with record temperatures: 20 days over 30° and several days over 40°C.
These weather conditions brought about a drop of 30% in production compared with normal years.
Harvesting began 10 days earlier than the previous year, on 24 and 25 September. Plot selection was very thorough with the aim of making up perfectly homogenous vats in tannic and organoleptic terms.
Robert Parker 93/100
Wine Spectator 93/100