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Château Faugères

The Château Faugères winery is not far from the small town of Saint-Émilion, placing it in the heart of the Bordeaux winemaking region. Its vineyards are among the best in France. With passion and consummate expertise, the Château Faugères winemakers press wonderfully extract-rich red wines. The Merlots grown there can rightly be counted among the best in the world.
The vineyards of Château Faugères cover 37 hectares of the Saint-Émilion vineyard area.

The Château Faugères Grand Cru winery

The Château Faugères vineyards cover 37 hectares of the Saint-Émilion area so coveted by winemakers. It is located on the right bank of the estuary formed by the Gironde and Dordogne rivers in the eastern part of the Bordeaux region. The vineyards of the gentle hilly landscape form a winemaking region without equal. Not for nothing was Saint-Émilion the first winemaking region to be designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The region has excellent terroirs: it can look back on a long history of cultivating vines. The grape varieties grown here and the wines they produce are subject to the strictest quality controls.
Château Faugères has been entitled to call itself a Grand Cru Classé since 2012. In addition to the origin-controlled AOP quality system, this title is awarded exclusively to wineries in Bordeaux that produce outstanding top-class wines.

The distilled expertise of the Château Faugères winemakers

The winery was bought by Swiss entrepreneur and wine connoisseur Silvio Denz in 2005. His affinity for wine was most likely inherited from his father, who was a passionate connoisseur and collector of Bordeaux wines. The family also owned a small vineyard in the Fricktal.The team of around 30 winemakers at Château Faugères has produced numerous outstanding wines since the takeover, supported by well-known oenologist and consultant Michel Rolland – and under the direction of long-time technical director Alain Dourthe, who had worked for the estate since 1997 and was replaced by Yann Buchwalter in 2016. For some years now the team of oenologists has placed particular emphasis on sustainable management, investing in infrastructure and further employee training – so that the quality continues to rise.Since 2009, following the comprehensive renovation of the Château Faugères winery, it has featured a modern cellar that uses the latest technologies. Silvio Denz prevailed on star Ticino architect Mario Botta to design his "cathedral of wine", creating not only a cellar with ideal conditions for storing wines, but also an impressive space for tasting them. Visitors are given a guided tour of the new facility on request, and they can also take part in a tasting. They are rarely disappointed: in 2013 the estate received the "Best Of d'Or" wine tourism award.One of the estate's showpieces is Péby-Faugères, created by Michel Rolland in 1998 – a pure-bred Merlot from the oldest vines and the best terroir of Château Faugères. In 2000 this wine was named one of the 20 best Bordeaux by Robert Parker, one of the world's most influential wine critics, under the headline "The Legend of the Future". In his magazine The Wine Advocate he awarded it 100 out of a possible 100 points. Since then Péby-Faugères has been one of the most sought-after wines from the Bordeaux region.

Products from the Château Faugères winemakers

Château Faugères wines are pressed from Merlot, Cabernet franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
The Merlot variety dominates, The Merlot variety dominates, with a share of 85% of the total vineyard area.
This region's soils are perfect for vines. The vineyards are situated on a limestone plateau, which has the loam-and-limestone substrate that red grapevines need. The grapes for Château Péby Faugères thrive on the best parcels. This noble wine is quite rare, as the grapes used to make it are hand-picked in vineyards covering only eight hectares. The yield of the Merlot vines is greatly reduced in order to maximize grape juice quality. The grapes are harvested and selected by hand, and only the best of them are processed. The Château Faugères cellar masters then age the red wine for 14 to 18 months in barriques. It stores very well.
The vineyards of Château Cap de Faugères are in the immediate vicinity of Saint-Émilion. The grapes grown here are part of the Côtes de Castillon appellation – but they are vinified by the winemakers of Château Faugères, and are in no way inferior to the estate's other products.
Total production breaks down as follows. On average, Château Faugères produces 12,000 bottles of Château Péby Faugères, 65,000 bottles of Château Faugères, 150,000 bottles of Château Cap de Faugères and 10,000 bottles of Château Cap de Faugères "La Mouleyre” per year.
The wines were initially vinified in a modern, massive style, but with each vintage they move further towards finesse and complexity. While many Bordeaux wines from Saint-Émilion are hardly affordable, all Silvio Denz wines offer outstanding value for money.
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Wines from Château Faugères