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2018 Chateau Faugeres Calice de Faugeres Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

2018 Chateau Faugeres Calice de Faugeres Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

We thought this one might overdeliver and it does. This is a great Costco wine find. We’re big Bordeaux fans, and for $20, this is a score.

Online the price seems to be closer to the $28 range, so it appears Costco’s bringing it in at a competitive buy. Suckling has gone in the low 90’s on some of the prior vintages. And as far as Bordeaux vintages go, 2018 is one of our favorites.

Calice de Faugeres

Since this wine hails from the right bank of Bordeaux (Saint Emilion) it will be Merlot dominated as indicated on the back label. Likely smaller parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The more we taste this one, the more boxes it checks. The wine starts with lovely aromas of dark fruit, herbs and spice; it is medium plus in body with good acidity; flavors of cherry, plum, and vanilla notes; dusty and dry in the finish.

Calice de Faugeres

The first word that comes to mind in summarizing this one is elegant. It’s just a delicate, well made, well balanced Bordeaux that we can really get behind. 91 points from us with a big thumbs up.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 91 points (a Costco Wine top pick)

Costco item number: 1422690

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)

Alc. 14.5%

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Joe

Thursday 20th of October 2022

Looks like a very nice wine. None of the Costco's my area, Western Massachusetts + Northern Connecticut have it or could say if would ever be available. I couldn't even find it online.

Todd Ross

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

It's quite disappointing, but NONE of the wines on your blog appear in my local San Diego Costco. I wish you could cover more regional area than just Augusta, GA.

Rick

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

Many of the wines featured are not available at any of the local Costco’s in my area (Twin Cities. I’ve asked a number of times). Too bad as I’ve had to revert to another Big Box Retailer to buy.

Joe Roberts

Monday 17th of October 2022

I occasionally shop at a Costco store in another town with a larger wine selection and I had noticed this wine last time I was there (It's not in my local Costco.) So the other day while in that town I bought a couple bottles, and was glad I did. For the $20 it's a damn nice Bordeaux. I'm tempted to buy 6 bottles and put them in the cellar, bringing one out each year for the next six. That would be a treat---- thanks for your recommendation!

Leo

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

@Joe Roberts, Man turns his back on his Bordeaux, he ain't no good. Leo

Tim

Saturday 15th of October 2022

Warm year. And Bordeaux at over 14% ABV is a crime! Like most from Napa, these are over extracted, over fruited wines made for early consumption in general. And Merlot in warmer years shows this more than Cab Sauv. Oh, longing for the days of herbaceous, pencilly, earthy, long lived 12.5% to 13% ABV Napa Cabernets and Bordeaux. It’s why I switched to Oregon Pinot Noir. Cabs made for earlier drinking, fatter, and hotter are going down the same road that they pushed Zinfandel down in the 80s and 90s ruining that grape. For an interesting read, look up an article about the recent tasting at BV in Napa featuring a run of BV Georges de Latour Cabs made by Andre Telischeff (sp?) in the late 60s thru late 70s.