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Château Faurie de Souchard

The back roads of St Emilion are filled with hidden gems. On the north-facing slopes of the St Emilion plateau, where solid limestone reluctantly gives way to green clay and the occasional streak of silt and sand, there are some interesting vineyard sites. As climate change becomes ever more apparent, Bordeaux may come to rely more and more on these once slightly disadvantaged vineyards, preferably planted with later-ripening varieties that can hold their own in the heat of a 21st- or 22nd-century summer.

Château Faurie de Souchard

On the north-facing slopes behind Château Soutard is one such viticultural jewel, this being Château Faurie de Souchard. Two centuries ago these two domaines were one, but the carving-off of some of these more northerly slopes in 1851 gave birth to this estate as well as Château Petit Faurie de Soutard. If you find the names of these two châteaux to be confusingly similar, and yet in some ways also annoyingly different, I know exactly how you feel.

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