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Chateau Fayat, History, Overview
When the estate was created in 2006, it was known as Chateau Fayat Thunevin. At the time, it was a 50/50 partnership between Clement Fayat, who also owns Chateau La Dominique in St. Emilion as well as Chateau Clement Pichon in the Haut Medoc and Ets Thunevin, owned by Jean Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud of Valandraud fame. The founders all shared the desire to produce outstanding Bordeaux wine in the Pomerol appellation. The partnership dissolved after the 2009 vintage. From that point forward, and the name of the Pomerol estate was changed to reflect the change in ownership from Fayat Thunevin to Chateau Fayat.
Today the Pomerol chateau is now known as Chateau Fayat. Jean Luc Thunevin continues to consult the wine making and marketing at Chateau Fayat. Michel Rolland is also a consultant.
Since 2009, Chateau Fayat was able to increase their holdings in Pomerol. This took place when the owner, Clement Fayat was able to merge land from vineyards he began purchasing in 1984, Vieux Bourgneuf, Prieurs de la Commanderie and Commanderie de Mazeyres. A renovation and modernization of the estate took place coinciding with the creation of the much larger estate starting in 2009.
Chateau Fayat Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 16 hectare Pomerol vineyard of Chateau Fayat is quite large for Pomerol. The vineyard is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc on gravel, sand and clay soils. The average age of the vines is an impressive 50 years old. They have some of the oldest vines in the Pomerol appellation as they some Cabernet Franc that was planted in 1902! The vines are planted to a density of 6,000 vines per hectare.
To produce the wine of Chateau Fayat, the wine is vinified in a combination of temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and traditional cement tanks that range in size from 50 hectoliters to 80 hectoliters. This range of vat sizes allows for more precision during vinification. Chateau Fayat is then aged in a combination of new, French oak barrels and vats. 70% of the wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels, the remaining wine is aged in vat for an average of 18 months before bottling. There is a second wine, Chateau Prieurs de la Commanderie. On average, the production of Chateau Fayat is close to 4,500 cases of Pomerol per year.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Fayat with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Fayat is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Fayat is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Fayat is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château Fayat Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château Fayat ( Pomerol)
Licorice, smoke and cherry liqueur scents on the nose bring you to a medium bodied, red berry, olive-oriented wine. With a quick touch of herbs to complicate matters. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and reached 14% alcohol.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 698 Views
2015 Château Fayat ( Pomerol)
Medium-bodied, bright, fresh, red fruits, earth, espresso and plummy notes in a forward, easy-drinking style. 86 - 88 Pts
Apr 27, 2016points - Tasted 729 Views
2014 Château Fayat ( Pomerol)
Ringing with anise, earth, herbs, espresso and dark cherry notes, this wine is soft, medium to full-bodied and already approachable. For 2014, the wine was produced from 100% Merlot and reached 13.5% alcohol with pH of 3.8. 88-89 Pts
Apr 24, 2015points - Tasted 897 Views
2013 Château Fayat ( Pomerol)
Bright, forward, light, crisp, fresh, red berry oriented wine that exchanges complexity for early drinkability.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 740 Views
From 100% Merlot and with a nose of wet earth, citrus and red berries, this medium-bodied wine is bright on the palate and ends with dark chocolate-covered raspberries. 87-89 Pts
Apr 25, 2014points - Tasted 943 Views
2012 Château Fayat ( Pomerol)
The wine is medium bodied and forward, with sweet, red cherries and floral scents, ending in a soft textured finish.
May 15, 2015points - Tasted 1342 Views
Flowers, cherries and cocoa scents open to a medium-bodied Pomerol with ample soft textures and sweet red cherries in the finish. 88-90 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 1451 Views
2010 Château Fayat ( Pomerol)
Medium bodied, forward, lighter style of Pomerol, with freshness, soft textures, but not a lot of depth to the red plums and cherries, although there is a nice thyme and espresso note in the nose that adds to the wine.
Oct 25, 2016points - Tasted 1078 Views
2009 Domaine Fayat-Thunevin ( Pomerol)
Soft, elegant and charming, this medium bodied Pomerol is filled with dark cherries, strawberries and spice. This wine will deliver pleasure early.
Mar 9, 2011points - Tasted 1742 Views