The wine of Château Faizeau has a beautiful garnet colour, very deep and brilliant with purple nuances. The nose is complex, both spicy and fruity with blackberry and liquorice aromas. The palate of this 2018 vintage is full, balanced and persistent with notes of black cherry jam and white pepper.
“Faizeau” is a diminutive of the word “Faize”, in reference to the Benedictine abbey of Faize, situated next to the property. This abbey possessed other vineyards in Pauillac and Saint Emilion. Built on the slopes of Calon hill, the highest point in the region of Libourne, the Château is one of the oldest estates of Bordeaux. It figured on the map drawn up by the engineer Belleyme in the XVIIIth century. The vineyards of Château Faizeau are of the highest quality and boast a magnificent terroir and privileged location on a plateau orientated east and west, bathed in sunshine all day long. The 12 hectares extend in a single stretch over soil of stony “graves” and clay. Merlot is the number one grape and the vine is skilfully pampered with simple guyot training, kept short to avoid overlapping. Leaves are thinned with the utmost precision to guarantee high quality fruit. The skilled work carried out in the vineyard results in beautifully ripe Merlot grapes every time, hand harvested using trays to protect the grapes. After meticulous sorting, vinification proceeds in heat-regulated vats. To protect the full aroma of Merlot and keep the best of the fruit, our oenologist and his team work carefully to control oxygen as effectively as possible. Pump overs starts at the beginning of fermentation and is conducted in a closed-circuit to avoid oxygenation and preserve the quality of grapes. The wine is then matured for between 18 and 24 months in new French oak casks that line the property’s wine cellars.
Area : 11 hectares
Wine Grape Varieties : Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Soil type : clay-sand-loam over a limestone base.
Vine Age : 25 years
Harvest : Hand picked
Winemaking process : Traditional in thermoregulated concrete vats.
Assembly : 97% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Ageing : Aged in barrels for 12 months (50% new, 50% one year old).