Chateau Fayat Pomerol Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Fayat Pomerol with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairings. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

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.

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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.

When to Drink Chateau Fayat, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Fayat can be decanted for 1-2 hours, or more. 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 offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 8-15 years of age after the vintage.

Serving 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.

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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2019Château Fayat  (Pomerol)91

Medium-bodied, soft, forward and fruity with an open personality and a plummy, chocolate coated, black cherry essence. This is already so easy to drink that you can enjoy it for all of its polished fruity character in its youth, or age it for more complexity. 90-92 Pts

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2018Château Fayat  (Pomerol)89

Forward, soft, medium-bodied with a ready to go personality of red plums, licorice, smoke and espresso, finishing with a nice layer of ripe cherries and thyme. 88-90 Pts

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2017Château Fayat  (Pomerol)88

Wet earth, olives, herbs, thyme and cherry notes open the wine, medium bodied and on the bright, fresh side, there is an energetic red berry character to the finish. The wine was produced from 100% Merlot this year due to damage from the frost and product

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2016Château Fayat  (Pomerol)89

Medium-bodied, with an earthy, olive and red plum character, the wine is forward, soft, polished and accessible, leaving you with an earthy cherry core of fruits. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

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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.

1,251 Views   Tasted 88
2015Château Fayat  (Pomerol)87

Medium-bodied, bright, fresh, red fruits, earth, espresso and plummy notes in a forward, easy-drinking style. 86 - 88 Pts

1,387 Views   Tasted
2014Château Fayat  (Pomerol)88

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

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2013Château Fayat  (Pomerol)85

Bright, forward, light, crisp, fresh, red berry oriented wine that exchanges complexity for early drinkability.

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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

1,228 Views   Tasted 88
2012Château Fayat  (Pomerol)87

The wine is medium bodied and forward, with sweet, red cherries and floral scents, ending in a soft textured finish.

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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

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2010Château Fayat  (Pomerol)88

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.

1,970 Views   Tasted
2009Domaine Fayat-Thunevin  (Pomerol)89

Soft, elegant and charming, this medium bodied Pomerol is filled with dark cherries, strawberries and spice. This wine will deliver pleasure early.

1,988 Views   Tasted