Chateau Faurie de Souchard St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

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Chateau Faurie de Souchard History, Overview

The birth of Chateau Faurie de Souchard dates back to 1851 when the estate was created. However, documents exist showing some activity was taking place at the same location in 1808.

Originally, the vineyard was part of a much larger estate that included what became Chateau Petit Faurie de Souchard and Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard. All those estates were once a part of the much larger Saint Emilion estate, Chateau Soutard.

The Right Bank property took its name from one of its early, former owners, the De Souchard family. The first part of the name took its inspiration from the battle of Faurie, which took place during the hundred years war.

Until 1969, the wines were sold under the name of Petit Faurie de Souchard. The Petit part of the name was dropped from subsequent vintages. Chateau Faurie de Souchard was owned and managed by the Jabiol family until 1983.

They purchased the estate in 1933. In 1983, Françoise Sciard took over the responsibility of managing the estate. In 2006, the estate passed to her children who renovated the wine-making facilities and cellars and brought in Stephane Derenoncourt to consult.

Prior to the addition of the Derenoncourt team as consultants, the wines of Chateau Faurie de Souchard were more traditional in style, lacking the ripeness and flesh they show today.

In January 2014, the Dassault family, the owners of Chateau Dassault, which is also located in Saint Emilion purchased Chateau Faurie de Souchard from the Sicard family.

Chateau Faurie de Souchard Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 12-hectare vineyard of Chateau Faurie de Souchard is planted to 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The terroir is chalk, clay, limestone, and sandy soils. On average the vines are close to 30 years of age. Located east of the Saint Emilion, the vineyard had a cooler terroir, due to its north-facing exposure and clay soils.

To produce the wine of Chateau Faurie de Souchard, whole berry fermentation takes place in thermo-regulated cement vats. The wine is aged in 35% new, French oak barrels for between 12 to 16 months, depending on the character and quality of the vintage.

The best vintages of Chateau Faurie de Souchard are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009 and 2005.

There is a second wine, Pavillon de Souchard, which made its debut in 2007. The average annual production of Chateau Faurie de Souchard is close to 3,500 cases per year.

When to Drink Chateau Faurie de Souchard, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Faurie de Souchard is better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau Faurie de Souchard is best enjoyed in the first 4-12 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Faurie de Souchard with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Faurie de Souchard is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Faurie de Souchard is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.

Chateau Faurie de Souchard is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

Following the sale of Chateau Faurie de Souchard to the Dassault family, it is not yet known if the vineyard will be merged into Chateau Dassault. My guess is, that will take place. But it’s too early to tell at this time. Until that happens. Michel Rolland was brought in to replace Stephane Derenoncourt as Rolland was already working with the owners at Chateau Dassault.

Château Faurie de Souchard Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château Faurie de Souchard  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Spicy red berries with savory accents on the nose mov you to a medium-bodied, bright, crisp, firm, sweet and tart wine. 89-91 Pts

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2019 Château Faurie de Souchard  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Floral, with smoke, espresso, licorice, coffee bean and dark red fruits on the nose. Deep and plush, with loads of ripe, dark red berries, the finish is still a bit oaky. Give this 4-5 years to better integrate before pulling a cork. 89-91 Pts

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2018 Château Faurie de Souchard  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Showing much better in bottle than it did in barrel, the wine displays its nose of espresso bean, plum, dark cherry, flower and licorice nose as soon as the wine hits your glass. Soft, smooth, round and juicy, the fruit offers a good sense of purity on the palate and in the finish. 92 Points

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Espresso, licorice, smoke and red fruit define the core of this wine. Medium-bodied, round and soft, the wine will be nice to enjoy early in life and for at least 10-12 years after release. 89-91 Pts

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2016 Château Faurie de Souchard  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Medium bodied, fresh, forward, red cherry centered wine with a nice note of thyme and flowers. This is already quite charming to drink today and will get even better over the next few years. 89 Points

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Medium bodied, fresh, sweet cherries and thyme with a note of mint in the soft-textured finish just to flesh things out. 89 Points

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2015 Château Faurie de Souchard  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

The debut vintage for the new owners, the Dassault family is medium bodied, and focused on its red fruits, smoke and vanilla, espresso character. Forward, and soft, the wine feels like its trying just a bit too much in this vintage. With time, if the oak melds deeper into the wine, this could be a much better experience. 88 Points

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Medium bodied, with an earthy espresso and cherry character, the wine is round, soft, but a little pushed and has some dryness, in the licorice, oak and red berry finish. This is the debut vintage from the new owners, the Dassault family. With it's terroir, subsequent vintages will probably be better. 88 Points

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Medium-bodied with the unusual essence of seaweed added to herbal, cherry nose, this wine shows an oak and cherry finish. 87 Points

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2014 Château Faurie de Souchard  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 84

With the aroma of earth, fresh fallen leaves and red fruit, this wine has a slight drying finish. 84-86 Pts

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2012 Château Faurie de Souchard  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Medium bodied, fruity, with an herbal and cherry nose that carries through. The tannins have a slight rustic quality to them. 87 Points

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Herbs, dark red fruits, round tannins and a spicy red berry finish are found in this wine. 88-90 Pts

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2011 Château Faurie de Souchard  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

With floral, stone and black cherry, this wine has medium body and drying tannins. 85-87 Pts

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2010 Château Faurie de Souchard  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Over the years, this has developed nicely. The wine is medium-bodied, fresh, round, soft and focuses on its smoky, thyme, espresso black cherry and plum core of fruits on the nose and palate. 89 Points

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2009 Château Faurie de Souchard  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

With a nose of jammy berries, black cherry, stone and earthy scents, the wine ends with soft textures and some green notes in the otherwise, ripe berry filled finish. 88 Points

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2009 Faurie de Souchard opens with crushed stone, blackberry, and licorice scents. This round style of wine will drink early. 87-89 Pts

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