Chateau Fayat Pomerol Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles
When the estate was created in 2006, it was known as Chateau Fayat Thunevin. At the time, it was a 50/50 partnership between Vignobles Clément Fayat, the owners of La Dominique and Ets Thunevin, owned by Jean Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. The founders all shared the desire to produce outstanding Bordeaux wine in the Pomerol appellation. The partnership dissolved after the 2009 vintage and the name of the Pomerol estate was changed to reflect the change in ownership.
Today the Pomerol chateau is now known as Chateau Fayat. Jean Luc Thunevin continues to consult the wine making and marketing at Chateau Fayat. Michel Rolland is also a consultant.
Since 2009, Chateau Fayat was able to increase their holdings in Pomerol. This took place when the owner, Clement Fayat was able to merge land from vineyards he began purchasing in 1984, Vieux Bourgneuf, Prieurs de la Commanderie and Commanderie de Mazeyres. A renovation and modernization of the estate took place coinciding with the creation of the much larger estate starting in 2009.
The 16 hectare Pomerol vineyard of Chateau Fayat is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc on gravel, sand and clay soils. The average age of the vines is an impressive 50 years old. The vines are planted to a density of 6,000 vines per hectare. The wine is vinifed in a combination of temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and traditional cement tanks that range in size from 50 hectoliters to 80 hectoliters. This range of vat sizes allows for more precision during vinification. Chateau Fayat is aged in a combination of new, French oak 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. There is a second wine, Chateau Prieurs de la Commanderie. On average, the production of Chateau Fayat is close to 4,500 cases of Pomerol per year.