(JS=93) A soft, juicy wine with a chocolate, coffee bean and sliced plum character. Full and round with delicious fruit and a fresh finish. It__þs velvety-textured. Caresses your palate. Better than I remember. Pure Merlot. Drink or hold. (RP=92+) The estate__þs luxury cuvee, the 2004 Peby Faugeres, is fashioned from the oldest slopes with the finest exposure (45-year-old, 100% Merlot vines). A blockbuster for the vintage, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with notes of graphite, black currants, blackberries, sweet cherry liqueur, toasty oak, and licorice. Dense, full-bodied, and powerful with elevated tannins as well as enough extravagant fruit and richness for balance, it will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and should keep for two decades. (WS=91) Dark ruby in color, with fabulously rich aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate and violet. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Needs a bit more midpalate, but still very pretty. Best after 2009. 1,000 cases made. (AG=90) (this is actually the last vintage with the old label, which simply says ""Peby-Faugeres) Deep ruby-red. Roasted black raspberry, licorice and sexy oak on the nose. Lush, sweet, layered and expressive, with excellent depth to the flavors of raspberry, mocha, coffee and underbrush. Very seductive wine, thanks to its combination of ripeness and harmonious acidity. Finishes long and sweet, with nicely buffered tannins.