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History

In 2005, the property was acquired by Silvio DENZ, a perfume designer, lover of fine wines and owner of Lalique. When he acquired Château Faugères, he decided to rely on the exceptional clay and limestone soils to take the Château Faugères wines to the heights, continuing the quest for quality and allowing the great Faugères terroirs to fully express themselves. This terroir is cultivated by means of natural sustainable viticulture, involving integrated cultivation and meticulous care on the part of Silvio DENZ along with his team, who are committed to getting the best out of this fine terroir, monitoring the Château Faugères vines as closely as possible. In September 2009, a new winery is inaugurated.

 

This monumental winery designed by Mario BOTTA is located at the top of the plateau overlooking Château Faugères, built in the 18th-century Chartreuse style. It is a harmonious addition to the countryside, that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Mario BOTTA, "Master of Light and Gravity", managed to turn the Château Faugères winery into a masterly work of art – a true cathedral of wine. "For me, the project invites a comparison between 'rational' architecture built by man and the 'natural' evolution of the countryside," explains Mario BOTTA, "with one enriching the other." For Silvio DENZ, the purpose of the new winery is to serve the never-ending quest to improve the quality of the wine at every stage of production, deploying the very latest technology. Michel ROLLAND also worked on the specifications, with absolute priority given to the capacity, the layout and the optimisation of internal procedures. In 2012, Château Faugères becomes Grand Cru Classé.

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Vineyards

Château Faugères occupies 37 hectares of homogeneous land which encompasses some of the finest terroirs in Saint-Emilion. The vines are situated on a limestone plateau of asteria limestone subsoil, dating back to the lower Oligocene, and clay and limestone slopesfacing south-southeast in a circular formation, with limestone soil on clay and limestone molasse from the upper Eoceneand Oligocene

This terroir is cultivated by means of natural sustainable viticulture, involving integrated cultivation and meticulous care on the part of the proprietors.

 

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Inside information

Site with exceptional view. Visit of the « Cathedral of wine » designed by the internationally renowned architect Mario Botta. Visit and tasting by appointment from Monday to Friday (October to March) and from Monday to Saturday (April to September). Best of Wine Tourism awards 2013: Château Faugères wins a gold medal in the “Architecture and Landscapes” category.

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 Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  3 wines  from  Château Faugères . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Dana Lotus Vineyard 2016 / 100 points / With more minerality as well as a bloody, iron character, the perfect 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot that saw 27 months in new French oak barrels. Incredible notes of blackcurrants, graphite, tobacco, Asian spices, and dried herbs all emerge from this full-bodied, ultra-pure, layered, and just incredible wine that tops out my scale. Coming from a vineyard at the base of Howell Mountain and aged in 90% new French oak, it has the class to offer pleasure even today yet is going to benefit from 7-8 years of bottle age and keep for 3-4 decades. It’s one of the greatest young Cabernets I’ve ever tasted.

2m 26d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Faugères . In a tasting of  51 wines 

The wines of the "Association des Saint-Emilion Grand Crus Classés" arrived on May 14 and have been tasted the day after, together with some few samples from other Châteaux. Again a very exciting tasting, confirming the quality of this vintage.

5m 11d ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Faugères . In a tasting of  37 wines 

More than 180 wines was tasted from Saint-Emilion during late March and early April this year. With a margin my biggest report to date from here. Saint-Emilion is always heterogeneous as the soils and microclimates are quite varied. Some are on flatter lands, others on the plateau with gently rolling hills in almost all aspects and yet others again are on the quite steep côte, or hill. These make for very different expressions, but also different problems may occur during a year’s growing cycle. The limestone vineyards seem to have done very well. And as for Pomerol where Olivier Berrouet of Petrus said, “The effort this year was to resist the temptation”. Those that did exactly that made some astonishing and refined Saint-Emilions. The temptation being taking too much out of the must. For me, Angelus, Ausone and Valandraud made exquisite wines at the very top of what they have ever done. The first two are graceful, elegant, nuanced and refined, Angelus a bit richer than Ausone. Valandraud shows that as well as a treasure throw of complexity. 2018 as well as 2017 are the two greatest Valandraud’s I’ve tasted to date. If this continues, are we looking at Premier Grand Cru Classé A soon?  At Pavie the fruit was probably the most refined and elegant to date, but the wood was just so incredibly hard, I just hope it will handle it. If it does, it will be a spectacular Pavie.

1y 6m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Faugères . In a tasting of  35 wines 

A heterogeneous vintage, 2017 will remain in the memory of a lot of vintners with very mixed feelings. An early bud break put hopes very high for a good vintage. These hopes were destroyed by a frost period of historical dimensions. On April 20 an 21 as well as on April 27 and 28 the frost destroyed 30 to 50% of the harvest in the Gironde area, though the best terroirs and famous appellations have been less affected. An early and regular flowering set new hopes. Summer was very dry and the harvest was quite early, even accelerated by rain at the beginning of September. This was rather a problem for the Merlot grapes than for Cabernets. The Cabernet-Sauvignon took advantage of a dry Indian Summer. Overall the vintage produced remarkable dry white wines above the qualities of 2015 and 2016.

2y 5m ago

 Marie Ahm, Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Faugères . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Lafleur 2013 / Ripe dark nose with plum, roasted hazelnuts, milk chocolate and some menthol. Equally complex on palate with good purity of fruit and layered texture. Firm, yet ripe tannins and juicy acidity. Good length. 91p 

2y 6m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Faugères . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

3y 6m ago

 Winnie Wing-Yin Ng , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Faugères . In a tasting of  44 wines 

“Now is time to consolidate all the reviews from the En Primeur tasting after spending two weeks Bordeaux tasting wines from different regions. I will first write about the Right Bank which is said to be the winner of the vintage because of the beautifully ripened Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and of course because of lower rainfall compared to the Left Bank during the harvest season.

Pomerol is a true beauty in 2015 with consistence among the top wineries, possessing very fine tannin and freshness in the combination of just-at-the-right-time-ripened grapes. Even the alcohol level was comparatively high, most of the wines I tasted that didn't give me a strong kick of that. I didn't find any over extraction or over ripened situation in most of the wines. ”

4y 5m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Faugères . In a tasting of  36 wines 

“2015 St. Emilion / 2015 Château Ausone
Ruby. Dark berries, red fruits, minerals, delicate yet quite full and intense, mint and chocolate touch, slight floral element. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, juicy, dark berries before structure sets in, some minerals, nuanced, detailed, playful yet rounded, properly long finish. 96-98

4y 5m ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Faugères . In a tasting of  109 wines 

“Bordeaux 2015 Part II / Château Margaux 2015 / 100-points / Medium deep colour. Lovely cherry, cola, herb aromas. Silky smooth beautifully balanced wine with red currant, red cherry plum flavours with graphite, espresso, chinotto notes, fine loose knit lacy slightly graphite textures and roasted coffee mocha notes. Fruit expands towards the back palate with light graphite plume at the finish. One of the great wines of the vintage and an evocative salute to Ch Margaux’s great winemaker Paul Pontallier (22nd April 1956 – 27th March 2016). 98-100 points ”

4y 6m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Faugères . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

4y 6m ago

 Mélanie Laurent / Sommelier, Pro (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Faugères . In a tasting of  16 wines 

“Our wine list includes 16 Bordeauxs from 2003 vintage - it is the best selling vintage at the moment.”

4y 8m ago

 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Faugères . In a tasting of  22 wines 

“Bordeaux 2011 part 4”

5y 3m ago

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