Nestled in the prestigious Pomerol appellation of Bordeaux, Château Fayat stands as a testament to the region's rich winemaking heritage. The estate's vineyards are situated on the renowned clay and gravel soils that contribute to the unique character of Pomerol wines.
The history of Château dates back several generations, when the Fayat family acquired the property with an ambitious vision to produce world-class wines. Since then, the Fayat family has preserved the region's heritage while infusing a new energy and contemporary approach to viticulture.
The story begins with Clément Fayat, who like a number of the Pomerol appellation’s most famous names, arrived in the region after leaving his native Corrèze. Created in 2009 from the union of three smaller domaines, this estate has 16 hectares of vines to its name, which is for this appellation an unusually expansive vineyard.
The 16 hectare Pomerol vineyard of Chateau Fayat is quite large for Pomerol. The vineyard is planted to 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc on gravel, sand, and clay soils.
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.
In the cellar, Château Fayat combines traditional winemaking techniques with modern innovations to craft wines of exceptional elegance and finesse. The handpicked grapes undergo gentle crushing and fermentation in temperature-controlled vats, allowing for precise extraction of flavors and aromas. The wines 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.