Chateau Jean Faux 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
Just outside the appellation limits of Castillon, this property is located on fairly steep slopes protected by pine trees. The 25 year old vines are planted on clay and limestone plateaus.
Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Wine Spectator - "Ripe and dense, this delicious red offers a lovely creamy mouthfeel to its crushed plum, blackberry and anise flavors, carried by long, velvety tannins. Lovely spice and toasty apple wood notes flitter in the background. The best vintage yet for this rising new estate."
Chateau Jean Faux Winery
Jean Faux is a building steeped in history. Renovated in the 17th century, the foundations are much older. The name comes, undoubtedly, from one of its proprietors. Ezechiel de Mas, Count of Melac, child of Sainte Radegonde and general to Louis XIV, was one of the most famous. On the right bank of the stream that flows down from Sainte Radegonde, the stately manor house stands in moderate proportion and sober style. The park, cave, ponds, gardens, and orangery give the estate a bucolic charm. In the same family for many years, the estate stretches over 100 hectares of which 30 are planted with vines. The Feret guide of 1886 notes that "Ch.-de-JeanFaux" is the first local proprietor with a production of "120 tonneaux de rouge." View all Chateau Jean Faux Wines
About Other BordeauxA few extra appellations:
Bourg & Blaye
These two appellations are just across the Gironde river from the Haut-Medoc – a bit northwest of St-Émilion and its satellites. Bourg is the smaller appellation, nestled under the much bigger Blaye. Both have AC status, Cotes de Bourg AC and Cotes de Blaye AC. One step up on the AOC chain is the Premieres Cotes de Blaye AC, producing excellent red wines. Both regions rely primarily on Merlot, blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and some Cabernet Franc. Whites are allowed here too – usually Sauvignon Blanc, creating dry and pleasant wine.
Listrac & Moulis
These two appellations are situated in the western part of the Medoc, in that they are further inland from their more prestigious neighbor communes like Margaux and Pauillac. In typically Medoc fashion, the wines are based on Cabernet Sauvignon. Due to their location further inland, the soils are dense and retain water, leading to wines that can be more rustic than those wines from communes on the riverbanks. But seek out the good producers, as many bargains are to be had in the Cru Bourgeois of these regions.
Entre Deux Mers is not exactly what it means – between two seas - as technically it's between two rivers. The wines produced in this region, sandwiched between the Garonne & Dardogne rivers, are light and charming and often reasonably priced. The AC of Entre Deux Mers is only for white wines, reds from the region will be listed as Bordeaux AC. Like other Bordeaux whites, wines of the area are made from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. Light, crisp, citrus-y and floral, these wines are great summer drinkers.
Bordeaux & Bordeaux Superior
Bordeaux wines that do not fall under a specific appellation are labeled "Appellation Bordeaux" or "Appellation Bordeaux Superieur." The majority of wines made in Bordeaux fall into one of these categories. Wines from these two classifications are made with grapes that come from any appellation within Bordeaux – white or red. Most of the wines are white, and much of the red comes from Entre Deux Mers, where only white wines can bear the namesake appellation on their label. Bordeaux Superior has slightly stricter regulations than the Bordeaux AC.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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7 ratings, 6 with reviewsdoc839 - Longwood, FL44/11/2014
deep,dark,delicious, very good for price.Bob Carbonaro - Summerville, SC47/19/2014
- Big & Bold
- Pair With
Currants, Cherries.... Rich and strong but smooth. Great after taste.Jas P - Annapolis, MD44/11/2014
- Big & Bold
It does need to breathe a bit, but quite nice for the price.wino77 - Seattle, WA43/23/201423/5/2014Let it breathe for a day and then it's tolerable. But hardly drinkable.WIll D - Biloxi, MS52/11/2014Needs decanting for a good while.Hervé - Gaithersburg, MD11/19/2014This wine should not be sold any longer , the acidity is just a reflection of a really bad finishing. You should remove it from your portfolio. Even a $19, this is not worth it, Boradeaux is making great wine at that price, this is not one of them
- Earth & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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