St.-Émilion Grand Cru Classé



An exceptional terroir

The flagship of the Vignobles Silvio Denz portfolio, Château FAUGÈRES consists of 42 homogeneous hectares of some of the most beautiful terroir in St.-Émilion. The vines are located on the appellation’s limestone plateau, composed of calcareous soil on asteriated limestone dating from the Lower Oligocene, and on south-south-east facing clay-limestone slopes in a cirque, made up of calcareous soil on clay-limestone molasse from the Upper Eocene and Oligocene.

Silvio Denz set himself the objective of bringing out the best in this exceptional terroir by monitoring Château FAUGÈRES’ vines as closely as possible with his team. This has required time, work and meticulous care to accompany the growth cycle and achieve optimal ripening.


Cathedral of wine

The winery designed by architect Mario Botta towers over the rows of vines and has come to be recognized as a symbol of the property and even of the appellation. Five centuries separate its façade, with its simple yet sculptural geometric design, from the curves of the Faugères chartreuse house, built in the 16th century as a hunting lodge and sharing the same view. A remarkable piece of architecture, the winery is also a powerful tool designed to enable state-of-the-art vinification techniques.

A veritable temple to wine, the superb facilities, which include a gravity-fed vat room, combined with the advice of Michel Rolland, the estate’s consultant oenologist since 1992, allow the team to strive for perfection with every vintage.

Portrait of Château FAUGÈRES

St.-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

  • Recognized as a Grand Cru Classé in 2012
  • Low yields: 35 hectolitres per plot, rigorous selection of berries
  • Blend: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 42 hectares, in a natural amphitheatre, taking advantage of the slopes surrounding the estate, with good exposure to the sun: south, west and especially east (which gives the wine its exceptional freshness)
  • The slopes provide good drainage, enabling the limestone soil to absorb and retain sufficient water to be able to cope with the hot, dry summers
  • High Environmental Value level 3 certification
  • Good drainage also avoids excessive water in the soil, which enables low yields, and for the fruit to reach a good level of ripeness without becoming waterlogged.
  • Blend: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vinification: aged 14 months, 50% in new French oak barrels, 50% in French oak barrels that have been used once
  • The winery, designed by Mario Botta, helps to bring out the characteristics of the magnificent terroir thanks to the high-tech equipment in which the wines are transferred entirely by gravity
  • Second wine: Le Calice de Faugères “Subtle, seductive, floral nose. A superb expression of Merlot on the palate, with notes of blackcurrant and hibiscus. Velvety, generous mouthfeel with a smooth finish.”


‘‘ The nose has a bouquet of ripe fruit, black cherries and floral notes.
On the palate, the wine is extremely rich and flavourful with a fine acidity. The finish is characterized by freshness and balance. ’’

Technical sheet


Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Émilion

Tasting Notes


Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Émilion



Château Faugères, Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse, France

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