Château Fayat Pomerol 2015, Bordeaux, France

The 16 hectare Pomerol vineyard of Chateau Fayat is quite large for Pomerol. The vineyard is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc on gravel, sand and clay soils. The average age of the vines is an impressive 50 years old. They have some of the oldest vines in the Pomerol appellation as they some Cabernet Franc that was planted in 1902! The vines are planted to a density of 6,000 vines per hectare. The wine is vinified in a combination of temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and traditional cement tanks that range in size from 50 hectoliters to 80 hectoliters. This range of vat sizes allows for more precision during vinification. Chateau Fayat is then aged in a combination of new, French oak barrels and vats. 70% of the wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels; the remaining wine is aged in vat for an average of 18 months before bottling.