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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 wine in the Pomerol appellation. The partnership dissolved after the 2009 vintage. From that point forward the name of the Pomerol estate was updated to reflect the recent 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 winemaking and marketing at Chateau Fayat. Michel Rolland is also active here as a consultant.
Since 2009, Chateau Fayat was able to increase its holdings in Pomerol. This took place when the owner, Clement Fayat was able to merge land from three 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. In addition, they needed to put in a new drainage system and replant portions of the vineyard.
Chateau Fayat Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
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 for the old vines. Newer plantings are taking place at 9,000 vines per hectare.
Because the vineyard was cobbled together from various other estates, the terroir can vary. You can divide the vineyard into 31 parcels that also differ in elevations. At their peak, they have vines that rise up to 22 meters at their peak.
To produce the wine of Chateau Fayat, the wine is vinified in a combination of temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and oak vats 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, Promesse de Chateau Fayat. On average, the production of Chateau Fayat is close to 4,500 cases of Pomerol per year.
The best vintages of Chateau Fayat are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010 and 2009.
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
13 Vintages 30,835 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
With a floral edge to the cherries, and licorice on the nose, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, silky, vibrant and sweet. The fruits are on the black raspberry, and cherry side, with a hint of citrus on the fresh, mildly spicy backend. You can enjoy this on release or with just a year or two of age. The wine blends 95% Merlot with 5% Cabernet Franc. 14% ABV, 3.7 pH. Drink from 2025-2037. 91-93 Pts.
1,314 Views Tasted May 8, 2023
Medium-bodied, lighter-styled, fresh, cherry and plum filled, creamy wine with floral accents that can be enjoyed on release. The wine blends 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, 13% ABV. Drink from 2023-2033. 87-89
1,164 Views Tasted May 20, 2022
Flowers, truffles and ripe, dark red pit fruit aromatics are all over the place here. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied is silky, polished and fresh with a vibrancy, purity and elegance that makes this by far, the best vintage of Fayat ever produced! This is a simply gorgeous Pomerol. Drink from 2023-2040.
631 Views Tasted Mar 21, 2023
Flowers, smoke, dark red pit fruits and forest leaf scents make an appearence in the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and silky, forward and fruity with an open personality making this a treat to drink just about on release, this is the best vintage of Chateau Fayat I have ever tasted. Drink from 2023-2034.
1,066 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2022
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
1,977 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
Medium-bodied, lifted, soft, polished, sweet, bright, fresh cherries and red plums are accompanied by licorice, dark chocolate, coffee bean and herbs on the mid-palate and in the finish.
912 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
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
3,039 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
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
1,351 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
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.
1,846 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
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% ABV.
2,274 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
Medium-bodied, bright, fresh, red fruits, earth, espresso and plummy notes in a forward, easy-drinking style. 86 - 88 Pts
2,164 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2016
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% ABV with pH of 3.8. 88-89 Pts
1,728 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
Bright, forward, light, crisp, fresh, red berry oriented wine that exchanges complexity for early drinkability.
1,229 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
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
1,345 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2014
The wine is medium bodied and forward, with sweet, red cherries and floral scents, ending in a soft textured finish.
2,028 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
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
2,107 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
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.
2,554 Views Tasted Oct 25, 2016
Soft, elegant and charming, this medium bodied Pomerol is filled with dark cherries, strawberries and spice. This wine will deliver pleasure early.
2,106 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2011