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Terroir &
Know-how

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.

Characteristics

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