Now under new ownership (US!), and under the watchful eyes of Dany Rolland, Château du Faure Haut Normand is primed to re-launch onto the market with its 2018 vintage.
With ambitions to produce a modern yet classic Bordeaux wine, this small but beautifully formed vineyard is the epitomy 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 Château 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 the new owners 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 small plots 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, Château du Faure Haut Normand is beginning to rise from the ashes and will once again become a marker for great Fronsac wines.