Chateau Jean Voisin St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Jean Voisin St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards, and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Jean Voisin History, Overview

The Chassagnoux family got their start in Bordeaux in 1903 as negociants. From there, they purchased their first vineyard in 1955, when they created Chateau Jean Voisin. The idea to buy the estate was the brainchild of Pierre Chassagnoux and Amedee Chassagnoux.

The next purchase for the family was in the Fronsac appellation when Xavier Chassagnoux obtained Chateau Renard in 1978. Today, Jean Voisin remains a family-run estate as it’s still owned and managed by members of the family, Xavier Chassagnoux and Laurence Chassagnoux.

Recently they brought in Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus as their consultant. Hubert de Bouard has clearly helped the estate improve the quality of its wines, starting with the 2015 vintage.

Chateau Jean Voisin Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 14-hectare vineyard of Chateau Jean Voisin is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is well placed in the northern part of the St. Emilion appellation.

They are not far from the Corbin sector. They are also close to the border of Montagne Saint Emilion. They have a terroir of sand and clay soil. On average, the vines are 25 years of age.

The wine of Chateau Jean Voisin is vinified in traditional, cement tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels. The wine is then aged in 30% new, French oak barrels for about 12 months before bottling. On average, the production is close to 6,000 cases of wine per vintage.

The best vintages of Chateau Jean Voisin are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010 and 2009.

The Chassagnoux family has other vineyards in Bordeaux. In Saint Emilion they also produce Jean Voisin Fagouet. They have other vineyards in the Right Bank as well. In Fronsac, they own Chateau Renard Mondesir and in Bordeaux Superieur, they produce Chateau Virecourt Pillebourse.

When to Drink Chateau Jean Voisin, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Jean Voisin is better with at least 3-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau Jean Voisin is best enjoyed in the first 3-12 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour to 90 minutes. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Jean Voisin with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Jean Voisin is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Jean Voisin is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Jean Voisin is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

Château Jean Voisin Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château Jean Voisin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Soft, silky, polished, elegant and fresh, the wine is medium-bodied and forward, with sweet, ripe plums, crushed rock, and cocoa in the end notes. This should be delicious on release, and it will easily provide pleasure for at least 12 or more years. 91-93 Pts

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2020 Château Jean Voisin L'Esprit de Jean Voisin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Floral, fruity, medium-bodied, forward, early-drinking, soft, cherry-filled charmer for near term consumption. 86-88 Pts

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2019 Château Jean Voisin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Supple textures, lush, dark red fruits, licorice and smoke are at the core of this medium-bodied, ready to go, well-priced, fun to drink Saint Emilion. 89-91 Pts

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2018 Château Jean Voisin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

With a dark garnet hue, the wine is filled with cocoa, espresso, licorice and plums on the nose. Medium-bodied, fresh, elegant, sweet, red fruits carry through on the finish. 92 Points

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Medium bodied, the licorice, plums, cherries and floral notes are already formed. The wine is soft, silky and elegant on the palate and in the blushing cherry finish. 90-92 Pts

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2018 Château Jean Voisin L'Esprit de Jean Voisin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Chalky red berries in a medium-bodied, forward, early drinking light, fresh style, finishing with touches of licorice and sweet cherries. 87 Points

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2017 Château Jean Voisin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Medium bodied, soft, gentle, weightless red fruits and licorice inflections are already easy to enjoy. Quite forward in nature, you can drink this silky wine on release. 88 Points

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2016 Château Jean Voisin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Rich, elegant and polished, the wine is round, supple and fresh. The ripe, juicy, dark red fruits, licorice, smoke and spice is sweet and fresh. 92 Points

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Dark in color, the wine is soft, silky and forward with sweet, ripe, dark red fruits, licorice and spice. The fruit-filled finish serves up a generous blast of wild cherry and licorice. 92 Points

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2015 Château Jean Voisin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Supple textures, lush, dark red fruits, wet earth, licorice, smoke and chocolate blend together perfectly here. The wine has body, softness and loads of sweet, juicy fruit in the endnote. This is a super value from St. Emilion that you should be hearing more about in the future, now that Hubert de Bouard is consulting the property. 92 Points

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Another new finding for me, this wine shows a lot of character and richness with its dark plums, chocolate and licorice profile. With sensuous tannins and a ripe, fruit-filled finish, the wine was made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Because this is a new wine just added to the consultancy of Hubert de Bouard, prices should be quite reasonable -- at least for now. 93 Points

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