Sang du Sanglier, Château de Fayolle, Bergerac 2016


This is the new vintage, just released, of the Sang du Sanglier - literally ‘blood of the wild boar’, but we are sure this is just to describe the colour and richness of the wine! This fine wine comes in 6-bottle wooden cases which look so nice in the cellar! However, it is the bouquet and taste, and the price, that persuaded us to list this wine. 

If you are needing further encouragement, this wine has won a Gold Medal at the Concours Agricole de Paris and we expect it to appear highly recommended in the 2019 ‘Guide Hachette des Vins’ which, coincidentally, was started by one of our founders here, David Campbell!

 If broaching this wine in the coming months we would recommend decanting to fully release the pretty black fruit bouquet and the rich, full palate. A great wine for the cooler evenings and warming winter food.

Sang du Sanglier is a very serious wine. A terrific, limited supply from Château de Fayolle, made from only their best and oldest Merlot vines and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. A lack of herbicide use and low yields maintain the quality of consummate winemaking by Jean Gazaniol. We believe this is one of the finest in the Bergerac appellation. Sang du Sanglier is comparable with right-bank Clarets at far higher prices. Extraordinary value for money.

Médaille d'Or - Lyon 2017

Prix des Vinalies 2017

Médaille d'Or - Paris 2016

6 bottle case in wooden box.


Our Tasting Notes

A very pretty wine, charming and well-balanced. Deep concentrated hue. Intense and complex nose: aromas of dark fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry) with oaky notes. This complexity is reflected in the mouth showing at the same time softness, richness and persistence. Selection of our best Merlot vines and traditionally aged in French oak barrels, this delicate and generous wine is already very pleasant; it will also keep in the bottle for many years and harmonize with sophisticated cuisine.

Wine Data

Grape variety: Merlot
Appellation: Bergerac
Alcohol: 14.5%


Both the vineyard and Château de Fayolle date from the 15th century, just after 300 years of English Plantagnet rule came to an end in Aquitaine.
Château de Fayolle's limestone and chalk terroir overlooks the Dordogne River to the north and the Marmant River to the south. New head winemaker Jean Gazaniol, studied with the renowned Emile Peynaud, who is widely credited with revolutionising winemaking in the latter half of the 20th Century. Château de Fayolle reduced both the size and yield of its vineyard, to make wines of great delicacy and charm.
The wines of Bergerac, which lie next to Bordeaux, are increasingly seen as a fine and affordable alternative to Bordeaux itself.


"Made from only the "best and oldest Merlot vines," and aged in barrel for 12 months, it has a very deep, saturated colour and is loaded with plum and quite fragrant black fruit notes on the nose. Remarkably enough (given that alcohol) it retains loads of juicy freshness on the palate, the dark, ripe and plummy flavours smoothed with vanilla and chocolate. Not fantastically complex, but a lovely big mouthful of red wine (if you can take the alcohol). Really rather good - and balanced." - Tom Cannavan,

"Travel a little further west into Bergerac and you will find the 15th-century Château de Fayolle, the top wine of which is 2012 Château de Fayolle ‘Sang du Sanglier’. The terroir here is excellent — limestone, chalk and clay as it is in Saint-Émilion — and the blend of grapes is similar too, with a pre-ponderance of Merlot. The estate uses no herbicides at all and enjoys state of the art equipment and first-rate winemaking. The wine spends a year in French oak and its deep, dark, ripe fruit is concentrated, intense and complex. It’s Bergerac and not Saint-Émilion, so it’s £11.65 and not £25. But it’s bloody good and an absolute snip." - The Spectator on vintage 2012

2015 Decanter World Wine Awards Commended