Château Faugeres is a St Emilion Grand Cru that is now producing textbook new wave St Emilions. Chateau Faugeres has a long history in St. Emilion dating back to 1619 when the vineyard was cultivated by Andre de Faugeres. Since 1997 the property has been owned by the film producer, Péby Guisez and his wife Corine and they have energetically breathed new life into it. A complete renovation of Chateau Faugeres was finished in 2009. The architecturally stunning, state-of-the-art winery, designed by Mario Botta, is one the most modern, Bordeaux wine-making facilities in the Right Bank.
Vineyards, Terroir, and Winemaking
There are 20 hectares of vineyards planted with Merlot (70%), Cabernet Franc (25%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%.) The vines are old, with an average age of 35 years. The terroir of Chateau Faugeres is mostly clay and limestone soils with gentle slopes and a slightly cooler micro-climate, lending its vineyard to later harvesting times. Their best terroir is on the plateau which rises to 80 meters at its peak.
To produce the wine of Chateau Faugeres, The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, and The wine of Chateau Faugeres is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for 14 months. During that time, the wine is aged on its post-malolactic lees for 4 months.