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Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard History, Overview
The birth of Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard dates back to 1851. As the name implies, this estate was previously part of the larger, neighboring vineyard of Chateau Soutard, until they were separated in 1851.
In fact, these specific parcels were also part of another larger estate at one time, Chateau Faurie de Souchard. This is as you can see where Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard gets its name from.
Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard was owned by the well-established Capdemourlin family since 1978. The Capdemourlin family owns and manages several other estates in Saint Emilion; Chateau Cap de Mourlin and Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle.
They also own vineyards in Montagne St. Emilion, where they produce Chateau Roudier. That changed in June 2017 when the massive, French Insurance company, the owner of La Mondiale Grands Crus purchased Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard.
This was a natural purchase from La Mondiale Grands Crus as they already owned Chateau Soutard and Chateau Larmande, both of which are neighboring Saint Emilion vineyards.
Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 8-hectare vineyard of Petit Faurie de Soutard is planted to 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Located just outside the picturesque village of St. Emilion, the terroir is clay, limestone, and sandy soils.
With its northern facing exposure, here you find a slightly cooler terroir. The vines are on average 30 years of age. The vine density is 5,500 vines per hectare.
To produce the wine of Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard, vinification takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in 50%, new, French, oak barrels for between 15 to 18 months, depending on the character and quality of the vintage.
The Best Vintages of Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010 and 2009.
The winemaking and vineyard management of Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard is consulted by the team of Stephane Derenoncourt. On average, close to 3,500 cases of Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard are produced each vintage.
When to Drink Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard is better with at least 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.
Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard is best enjoyed in the first 3-12 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 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.
Serving Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard, with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Château Petit Faurie de Soutard Wine Tasting Notes
11 Vintages 19,652 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Petit Faurie de Soutard (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Floral, fresh and fruity, the wine is soft, elegant, refined and rich. Cocoa, licorice, smoke, plums and flowers form the wine's essence, which finishes with elegant, sweet, red berries and a touch of oak. 91-93 Pts
1,243 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Petit Faurie de Soutard (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Forward, soft, round and with an approachable, dark cocoa, cherry and plum character, this medium-bodied wine will drink well with just a year of aging. 89-91 Pts
2,762 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Petit Faurie de Soutard (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With a strong floral essence that meshes perfectly with all the sweet, ripe, juicy cherries. The wine is soft, silky, elegant and a nice touch of minerality. There is freshness, rocks and stones mixed in with all the ripe red fruits in the finish. The wine is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 92 Points
830 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
The wine combines flowers, crushed rocks, spice and perfectly ripe, silky, dark red fruits. Medium/full bodied with concentration and zest in the mouth, the fruits pop and you find yourself really liking the spicy character the fruity finish. 91-93 Pts
1,477 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Petit Faurie de Soutard (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Licorice, black cherry and soft textures create the character in this fresh, fruity, medium-bodied wine. Endowed with lift and verve, the vineyard lost close to 40% of their crop to frost. 91 Points
1,314 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Petit Faurie de Soutard (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Earthy red fruits with soft textures, medium bodied, supple tannins and a spicy, fresh finish -- definitely a step up for this estate. 89 Points
1,760 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Petit Faurie de Soutard (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, fresh, bright, forward, with sweet and tart red fruits, licorice and a forward personality. 88 Points
2,124 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
|2014||Château Petit Faurie de Soutard (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, bright, fresh, red berry oriented wine, with soft tannins, and an earthy, plummy leaning for early drinking pleasure. 87 Points
1,777 Views Tasted Dec 10, 2017
|2012||Château Petit Faurie de Soutard (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Light, crisp, bright and overly acidic, this red fruit and herb dominated wine is going to appeal perhaps to fans of this style of wine, more than it did to me. 82 Points
1,626 Views Tasted Dec 1, 2015
|2010||Château Petit Faurie de Soutard (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Tart, crisp red fruits with too much tannin and oak. Not my style of wine. 82 Points
1,426 Views Tasted Nov 26, 2014
|2009||Château Petit Faurie de Soutard (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Light, bright, spicy and dominated by nervous red fruit. Fans of this style of wine that are convinced St. Emilion has gone to the dark side will like this a lot more than I did. 84 Points
1,655 Views Tasted Sep 23, 2013
|2008||Château Petit Faurie de Soutard (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, bright, spicy, fresh, earthy red fruits in a simple, forward style for consumption over the next 4-5 years. 86 Points
1,658 Views Tasted Nov 6, 2016