When Swiss entrepreneur and passionate oenophile Silvio Denz bought the Château Péby Faugères winery in 2005, he set about improving an already celebrated Saint-Emilion vineyard into a wine of the highest quality. Working with resident oenologist Michel Rolland, Denz installed the most cutting edge winemaking technology, consulted the best experts in the industry and commissioned a sleek contemporary bodega designed by architect Mario Botta. Like the strategy that made him a fortune in perfume, it was a business plan that reaped rewards and Château Faugères has since produced a crop of critically acclaimed vintages.

Now Denz has upped the quality at Château Faugères once more by combining wine with his second passion – that for Lalique crystal and the art of René Lalique. (Once one of the world’s most important collectors of Lalique, Denz bought the French crystal house in 2008.) For its 2009 vintage – described as a rare combination of balance and concentration – Château Péby Faugères has produced a bottle engraved with a 1928 drawing by René Lalique himself. The Blackbird of the Grapes, as the sketch is called, is particularly appropriate because in French dialect, “merlot” (the variety of grape used at Faugères) means “little blackbird”. What was already an elegant bottle has become a miniature work of art – an elegant vessel to a wine that more than anything is made with passion.

Silvio Denz’s definition of luxury:
Luxury is something rare, desirable and unique. It can be an object, a place a person or simply time.

An object:
A watch from my father.

A person:
A soulmate.

A place:
A diving resort on a secluded island without telephone or internet.

A moment:
On a trip to Tibet in the serenity of a monastery.

Château Péby Faugères 2009 Vintage

This conditions in 2009 were the driest in ten years, though the growing season started with a very wet and cool spring, delaying the bud break. These superb climatic conditions were conducive to the formation of a rich vein of tannin, with late onset of technological and aromatic ripeness. The powerful presence of anthocyanins and above all the very low level of malic acid are similarly characteristic of this vintage. The vintage is very similar to that of 2000, but with lower yields.

The wines of the Château Péby Faugères 2009 vintage are characterized by outstanding balance and exceptional concentration, rarely equalled. The colour is deep and dense, the fruit is opulent and excellent, the structure is pure and refined, the aromas are rich and complex, the tannins velvety and perfectly ripe, with a rare finesse and a finish that is powerful, elegant and very long.