Château Faizeau: Tasting & Drinking

The wines of this estate serve as proof that the satellite appellations, long regarded as inherently inferior to the grandest names of the right bank, perhaps deserve better recognition. These appellations have some wonderful terroirs of limestone and clay, and Château Faizeau is no exception to this rule. The wines also illustrate the significance of a sensitive approach to winemaking, without which terroir will never be allowed to express itself. Those made since the estate was purchased by Grands Chais de France in 2011 and winemaking was turned over to Vincent Cachau, with advice from Julien Viaud and Michel Rolland, certainly demonstrate at improvement in quality under the new regime. Look back to 2010, certainly a superior vintage compared to the three that followed, and the wine is decidedly less convincing. This is, I suggest, a domaine on the up. (11/12/14)

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