This property, located on one of the hills above Chavanay in the small hamlet of La Ribaudy, the birthplace of the family. It was built by Jean Faury, a farmer in polyculture (fruit trees, vines and animals). The wines were then sold in bulk to coal miners in the St-Etienne region. Philippe, his son, took over in 1979, the year he bottled the first vintage, and developed the estate by investing in steep terroirs where the quality of the wines is superior. At the same time, he built the vinification and maturing buildings in order to have a qualitative production tool.
Since 2005, the estate is in the hands of Lionel, whose philosophy is oriented towards a responsible and virtuous viticulture, and where the wines combine power, finesse and balance. Respect for the terroir and working the soil are the basis of Lionel Faury’s approach, who excels in the art of magnifying Syrah and Viognier. It is one of the great revelations of the Northern Rhone Valley.
The vineyard of the 17 hectare property is divided between the reds and whites of the St-Joseph appellation, the Condrieu, the Côte-Rôtie and the Vin de Pays. All the parcels are located 1 km as the bird flies from the estate, at the northern end of the St-Joseph appellation, in the commune of Chavanay. This very specific terroir of muscovite granites is the result of the erosion and natural degradation of one of the oldest French massifs: the Massif Central. The Romans are at the origin of the development of vineyards on steep slopes in this part of the Rhone valley. The hillsides (slopes up to 60%), which wind along the Rhone, are the most likely to produce wines with a pronounced character. The work is done here in an artisanal way since all the operations are done by hand. The East and South exposures dominate in a vineyard laid out in dry stone terraces.
Praised for the remarkable quality of its Condrieu wines, Domaine Faury also shines with the excellence of its Saint-Joseph wines. The reputation of this estate is well established. The critics have already taken care of it: Guide Hachette des Vins, Wine Spectator, or even Decanter.
The Domaine Faury is an essential stop for anyone looking for an introduction to the wines of the Rhône Valley. Few domains express so clearly the terroirs on which they are located. To be discovered absolutely.