Château Fayat combines the assets of the three properties which constitute the estate: Commanderie de Mazeyres, with its deep gravel and sandy soils and where an important program of restructuration is being carried out, enabling the vineyard to enhance its excellent potential; Vieux Bourgneuf, with its soils of sand and silt on clay layers; and Prieurs de La Commanderie, with its subtle gravels on clay subsoils. In this vineyard, unique with its mosaic-like terroir, the individual characteristics of each plot are given great attention. The work is meticulous and follows the rules of sustainable agriculture.
The cellars are equipped with thermo-regulated stainless steel vats and oak vats which enable controlled temperature fermentation to be carried out. It is a traditional vinification at low temperature, respecting the fruit. The wine is stirred three to four times a day, and the maceration lasts between 25 and 30 days.
The ageing room has a controlled humidity system. The wine is matured in oak barrels for 12 months. The barrels, made out of French oak, come from 7 to 8 different coopers. They are carefully selected in order to preserve the vital balance of the fruit. For every vintage, the blending allows a high quality and harmonious wine to be revealed.
of Château Fayat
- Grape varieties: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
- Average vine age: 50 years old
- Plantation density: 6,000 vines/ha
- Viticultural method: Traditional, natural grass cover every second row depending on vine vigor, works follow sustainable agriculture principles
- Pruning method: single Guyot
- Terroir: deep gravels, brown clayey soils, ancient sands, soils of sand and silt on clay subsoils
- Harvesting: Entirely by hand
- Vinification: Tapered, thermo-regulated stainless steel and oak tanks
- Maturation: 70% in barrels, 50% new and 50% one wine
- Yield: 45 hl/ha