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Château Faurie de Souchard: Tasting Notes

Château Faurie de Souchard: Tasting & Drinking

Prior to the unification of these two properties, the style at Château Faurie de Souchard mirrored that at Château Dassault. This was perhaps unsurprising, considering the fact that the same team worked across both these domaines, as well as the third Dassault property Château La Fleur (in St Emilion, not the similarly-named estate in Pomerol). So what we had here is a wine that tended towards a certain style, with a plush and voluminous palate, filled with rather obvious black plum and damson character, but sometimes also marked by touches of baked fruit. In addition this occasionally came with a wealth of tannin, and if I were asked to pigeon-hole it I would have had to place it among the more modern styles found in St Emilion today.

Thus the wine of Château Faurie de Souchard was one that tended to major on texture and fruit rather than complexity or intrigue, although I confess I did find some of the less commonly encountered savoury elements in the 2015 vintage quite compelling. These wines, however, can age quite nicely, if those of Château Dassault are anything to go by. It would be good to revisit some of these with five-to-ten years on them, when I suspect they will drink rather nicely, and should give some pleasure, provided your regular bedtime tipple isn’t Château Ausone, Château Canon, Château Tertre-Roteboeuf or some other similarly exalted and rather more classically framed wine.

Sadly, whether made in a modern style or not, the disappearance of the property from the 2022 St Emilion classification means we have probably seen the last of this estate and its wines. (18/5/17, updated 12/3/23)

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