Cap de Faugeres has become one of the most dynamic Castillon estates over the past few years, offering a great quality to price ratio. This sleeper is loaded with plum, kirsch, and mocha, and has the voluptuous velvet texture of a Bordeaux three times the price.
This is one to get a case.
The 2018 Cap de Faugères is composed of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon; harvest began on September 22. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with intense scents of preserved plums, kirsch, chocolate box and menthol with hints of woodsmoke and Indian spices. Full-bodied, rich and voluptuously fruited in the mouth, the palate has a velvety texture and plenty of red fruit sparks of freshness, finishing spicy.WS87
Shows a core of dark plum and black cherry fruit mixed with warm earth and tobacco notes. Fresh, focused finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2022. 8,330 cases made.VN86
The 2018 Cap de Faugères offers good density and plenty of exuberance, but it is also penalized by green, vegetal notes and strident tannins that are impossible to look past.JS91
Fresh blueberries, crushed brambleberries and licorice on the nose with a touch of cocoa powder. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, creamy tannins and fresh acidity. Succulent finish. Try from 2022.DC92
This has a gorgeous violet edging to the colour with clear oak influence, veering to smoky and working well. There is a clear tightening through the mid palate, as you would expect from the limestone soils, but it will soften over ageing and they have captured plenty of juice running through the blueberry and blackberry fruits. The Denz estates in general have been successful in 2018. Drinking Window 2023 - 2032. Barrel Sample: 92JD91
A blend of 85% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, from the cooler Castillon region to the east of Saint-Emilion, the 2018 Château Cap De Faugères reveals a healthy ruby/purple hue as well as lots of pretty red and blue fruits, notes of candied orange, tobacco, and violets, no hard edges, silky tannins, and both beautiful balance and purity. It's a terrific Castillon to enjoy over the coming decade or so.