Region: Bordeaux, Ste. Emilion Grand Cru
Variety: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Terroir: Limestone clay soils
Winemaking: Hand-harvested from 35+ year old vines; aged in 50% new barrel
Located on the eastern slopes of Saint-Emilion, these south-facing parcels form a crescent around a rocky knoll which is topped with a charming 18th C. chartreuse. In 1987 the Guisez family inherited the 40h property and brought it back to life. Corinne Guisez sold the estate in 2005 to Silvio Denz – a Swiss businessman, who has since doubled the size of the vineyard.
Wine-growing is managed by Alain Dourthe – he and his team have been together since 1997 – this is the strength of Faugeres. The vines are densely-planted (8800 per h), see no pesticides, and only small amounts of copper and sulphur are used to fight mildew. The vineyard team has planted two miles of hedgerows – unique in all of Bordeaux. This biodiversity, coupled with a second state-of-the-art winemaking cathedral, designed by Mario Botta, has led to better selection and fermentation, a new second wine, and wines with more intensity and power, finesse and longevity.