Le Merle de Peby Faugères 2015 - A.O.C Saint-Emilion Grand-Cru
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The story begins in 1823 when the Esquissaud family acquired the terroirs of Châteaux Faugères and Péby Faugères.In 1987, Pierre-Bernard Gurez inherited it: all the wine was then sold to a single local trader. Being involved with his wife Corinne in the life of their vineyards, they strongly impress their search for quality and their desire to make these very beautiful terroirs which will very quickly become, with the help of Michel Rolland, two of the jewels of the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation. From the 2000 vintage, the wines of Château Faugères and Château Péby Faugères were distinguished among the very first. For Robert Parker, Péby Faugères is one of the "24 best wines of Bordeaux" and belongs to "the legend of the future". In March 2005, Silvio Denz bought it. Perfume creator, wine lover, owner of Lalique, he also owns two wine merchants in Switzerland (Zürich), including "Denz Weine". The Silvio Denz Vineyards also include Château Cap de Faugères in AOC Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux. Silvio Denz is also co-owner, with oenologist Peter Sisseck, of Château Rocheyron, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, and of Montepeloso in Italy (Tuscany) with Fabio Chiarelotto, and of Clos d´Agon in Spain (Catalonia). Passionate about art, and in particular the creations of René Lalique, he decided by buying Château Péby Faugères to rely on his exceptional clay-limestone soils to bring the wines of Château Péby Faugères to the highest level, by multiplying the quality research efforts and promoting the expression of the great terroirs of Péby Faugères.

2012: Château Péby Faugères becomes Grand Cru Classé of Saint-EmilionFollowing on from Péby Gurez, with Michel Rolland and the team that surrounds him, Silvio Denz has since made this exceptional little vintage a unique wine!

An exceptional terroir

Consisting of 7.45 ha, Château Péby Faugères is located on a contiguous clay-limestone hillside, oriented south-south east and consists of calcosols on clay-limestone molasses, tertiary formation dating from the upper Eocene and the Oligocene. Combination of a large old soil and a privileged microclimate linked to the presence of the river and the formation of a hillside in a circus, this terroir identical to the south coast of Saint-Emilion is a unique universe of which man is the custodian. , intervening only to reveal its characters. This is what Silvio Denz and his team have understood. This terroir cultivated in organic viticulture has always been the subject of specific attention and great respect on the part of its owners.

Vineyard work

By multiplying the efforts to seek quality, Silvio Denz has chosen to bring out the most beautiful expression of the great clay-limestone soils of Château Péby Faugères by closely monitoring, with his team, the 7.45 ha of Château vines Péby Faugères.A lot of time, work and attentive care to accompany, throughout the year, this small vineyard in its evolution of the vegetative cycle and lead it to an optimal maturation of the grapes until the harvest.

In the cellars

It is the same in the cellar of Château Péby Faugères. For Silvio Denz, the objective is the permanent search for the quality of the wines, at all stages of production through the use of the most advanced technologies.The intervention of Michel Rolland, the specifications that govern internal procedures, everything is done to transcend the expression of this exceptional terroir.

Le Merle as a symbol

With the 2009 vintage, Silvio Denz gives Château Péby Faugères its final image: Le Merle et les Raisins, drawing by René Lalique from 1928, engraved on the bottles of Château Péby Faugères. Collector of art passionate about Lalique, until he became its owner, while Merlot * is the grape variety of Château Péby Faugères, Silvio Denz signs the intimate alliance of his passions: the art of René Lalique and the art of wine he wants to bring to the highest at Château Péby Faugères.Le Merle is also the name given to the property's second wine.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Peby-Faugères
  • Type of wine
    Second wine
  • Appellation
    Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
  • Superficy
    7.5 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    15 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    20% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2022 and 2031
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Second wine) from Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is made with a vineyard that has an area of 7.5 hectares by Château Peby-Faugères. The average age of the vines is 15 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 15 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 20% of new barrels.


If the name of Saint-Emilion shelters a fortified historic village registered in the World heritage of UNESCO, it also counts two appellations of controlled origin of world fame. Saint-Émilion and Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (in this appellation, the wines can benefit from the mentions Grand Cru Classé or Premier Grand Cru Classé). Geographically intertwined, these two appellations enjoy a tremendous diversity of soils and subsoils and give wines of a great variety: supple, powerful, fine, fruity or mineral. If the areas of these two appellations merge, only the best wines are entitled to the Grand Cru appellation. All of them carry the values ​​of conviviality, authenticity and high quality.