?Faizeau? is a diminutive of the word ?Faize?, in reference to the Benedictine abbey of Faize, situated close to the property and which owned, amongst other plots, vineyards in Pauillac and Saint-Emilion. Built on the slopes of Calon hill, the highest point in the region of Libourne, the chateau is one of the oldest wine-growing ?terroirs? around Bordeaux. It already figured on the map drawn up by the engineer Belleyme in the 18th century.
The wine has been in barrel since before Christmas and so has now had plenty of time to settle down. It still has that black fleshy liquorice-flavoured fruit , but now those warm, rather Rh?ney, slightly overripe tones of the past have been replaced by more vibrant, fresher notes.