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The name Faurie de Souchard is an amalgam of the place-name Petit-Faurie and the name of one of the former owners, Mr. De Souchard. For its own part, the De Souchard family distinguished itself in the Bordeaux Parliament, in the Jurade and at Saint Emilion City Hall. At the end of the 18th century, Jean Combret, owner of the Soutard domain, died and bequeathed the property to his nephew, Jacques Combret de Milon. The latter sold the property several years later to Jean Laveau, the most important wine grower at the time. He died in turn in 1836 without leaving a direct heir. In 1851, the Fauries lands were given away through a share-crop system, while others were dispersed. From these divisions emerged two properties, that of Petit-Faurie de Souchard and Petit-Faurie de Soutard. In 1933, Maurice Jabiol and his wife bought the Petit Faurie de Souchard castle. The word "petit" was removed from the label in 1969. In 2006, Françoise Sciard, who succeeded them in 1983, entrusted her children with the task of writing a new page in the family property history. Passion, respect for tradition and a constant quest for quality define the development of Faurie de Souchard wines. It is in this spirit that Stéphane Derenoncourt passes on his knowledge to the new generation, thus ensuring that this ancestral vineyard is gracefully ushered into a new, modern era.
Oenologist: Stéphane Derenoncourt (since 2006)
Blend of the 1999 vintage: 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 75% Merlot
Ageing: 14 month/s
Soil: chalky clay on the upper part of the hillside, and ancient sands below.
Area: 11 hectares
Average age of the vines: 25 years
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