Chateau du Faure Haut Normand
With ambitions to produce a modern yet classic Bordeaux wine, our small, but beautifully formed, vineyard is the epitome of the new wave of vineyards in Fronsac dedicated to delivering wines that honour the traditions of the ‘Tuscany of Bordeaux’..
The Merlot vines of Chateau du Faure Haut Normand are on a gentle slope, looking down on Pomerol and St Emilion. This magnificent setting frames an estate whose wines were once amongst the greatest of the region. Recently the vineyard has been somewhat neglected but we have started a process of investment in the land and its vines. New drainage and re-profiling of the land together with a programme of re-planting to optimise quality is just the start. The goal – simply to make great wine.
The vines are managed day-to-day by Eric Soulas; an artisan with 30 plus years experience and who has a real feel for “his” vines. From pruning them throughout the year to manual harvesting across the 4 parcels down to the use of the smallest crates possible to minimise bruising, these are vines that are treated like the pedigrees they are.
A “quality comes first and last” approach from the very first buds to the start of the vinification process, to barrel stock never more than one year old, Chateau du Faure Haut Normand is beginning to rise from the ashes and will once again become a marker for great Fronsac wines.
We are too new to be rated, but neighbouring Chateau Fontenil who use some of our grapes in their wine, is owned and produced by our winemaker, Dany Rolland. Their wine got 93-94 from James Suckling who said: “This is so tight and polished with a degree of depth and beauty I have not seen for a while. Medium body and beautiful, silky tannins that buttress the lovely, focused fruit.” We can only hope/assume/believe/imagine that he would be equally kind about Chateau du Faure Haut Normand!
In 2017 we purchased Chateau du Faure Haut Normand in the Fronsac region of Bordeaux. With the expertise of world renowned winemaker, Dany Rolland behind us, we re-launched onto the market with our 2018 vintage.