Chateau Jean Faure St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Jean Faure 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 Faure History, Overview

Chateau Jean Faure was purchased by Olivier Decelle in 2004. Part of the reason for the purchase was, the estate came recommended to Olivier Decelle by the noted, Left Bank consultant, Jacques Boissenot. Olivier Decelle is now well versed in Bordeaux winemaking as he also owns Chateau Haut Maurac in the Medoc.

In 2016, Olivier Decelle sold Chateau Haut Ballet in the Satellite appellation of Fronsac to the owners of Chateau La Dauphine. Outside of Bordeaux, Olivier Decelle owns Mas Amiel in the Roussillon appellation in the Rhone Valley.

The Decelle family made a large investment in Jean Faure and changed their vineyard management techniques as well. One of their first decision was to improve the drainage in the vineyards. To accomplish this, they built new drainage channels.

To assist with the soils ability to hold the right amount of water, they added several tons of stones to their vineyards. Most importantly, they are now using organic farming techniques and are heading into a biodynamic direction on at least some of their parcels.

Chateau Jean Faure Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 18 hectare, Saint Emilion vineyard of Chateau Jean Faure is planted to 54% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 6% Malbec. Chateau Jean Faure is an interesting Right Bank estate, due in large part to the unique vineyard cepage with their high percentages of Cabernet Franc and Malbec.

In fact, Chateau Jean Faure has one of the largest concentrations of Cabernet Franc and Malbec planted in the entire Bordeaux appellation.

The vineyard has a terroir of gravel, sand and clay soils. The vineyard is planted The vineyard of Chateau Jean Faure has old vines that average close to a respectable, 40 years of age.

The vines are in two main locations, as they have parcels close to Chateau La Dominique and not too far from Chateau LEvangile in Pomerol.

To produce the wine of Chateau Jean Faure, vinification takes place in 80 hectoliter, concrete vats that are shaped slightly differently than you find in most St. Emilion cellars. The concrete vats are wider, making them more similar to those found in Burgundy. The grapes are whole berry fermented.

Malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels. The wine of Chateau Jean Faure is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months. Stephane Derenoncourt consults the wine making at this St. Emilion property. Production is on average, close to 8,000 cases of Chateau Jean Faure per vintage.

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

Chateau Jean Faure is better with at least 3-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.

Chateau Jean Faure 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 Faure with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Jean Faure 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 Faure 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 Faure is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

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Château Jean-Faure Wine Tasting Notes

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2017Château Jean-Faure  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

Flowers and stone along with herbs, spice and red fruits combine to create a medium bodied, crisp, classic red berry-focused wine.

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2016Château Jean-Faure  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

Medium bodied with spicy, sweet fruits, this is on the red side of the style range. The wine is bright and fresh with sweet, juicy red plums in the finish.

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2015Château Jean-Faure  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)91

With 50% of the blend devoted to Cabernet Franc, it is easy to understand the strong, floral notes that complicate the fresh, sweet, dark, red berries and spice character of the wine. The round, soft finish is completed by the chocolate covered cherries in the endnote.

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The high percentage of Cabernet Franc adds this great floral note and spicy quality to the ripe, dark, red fruits, licorice and earth. The finish ends with a nice, dark chocolate and cherry note that leaves you wanting more.

1,900 Views   Tasted 91

With 50% Cabernet Franc in the blend, the wine combines ripe, dark cherries, plum, licorice and fresh flowers along with round, plush textures and a fresh, sweet, fruit and spice filled finish.

1,866 Views   Tasted 91
2014Château Jean-Faure  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

Dark red berries with a round, plush center and a sweet, polished fruity finish. 89-91 Pts

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2013Château Jean-Faure  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)84

With smoky red fruits, the medium-bodied wine has a chalky finish. 83-85 Pts

1,903 Views   Tasted
2012Château Jean-Faure  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)85

Smoke, red fruits, medium-bodied with a chalky finish. 84-86 Pts

2,182 Views   Tasted
2011Château Jean-Faure  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)88

Chocoalte, smoke, espresso bean, licorice and black cherry scents lead to a soft, open, easy to drink wine that finishes with cocoa and plum.

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2010Château Jean-Faure  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

Deeply colored with black raspberry, licorice and earthy scents, this round, sweet, full bodied St. Emilion wine should offer good value when it's released. 88-90 Pts

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2009Château Jean-Faure  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

Spice, black raspberry, licorice and earthy scents lead to a medium/full bodied wine with soft textures and a long, round, ripe black cherry filled finish.

6,677 Views   Tasted