Jean Faure 2020
Blend: 65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 5% Malbec
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Blackberry, black cherry, orange peel, and rose petal aromas follow through to a medium to full body, with creamy and polished tannins and a juicy finish. 60% cabernet franc, 35% merlot and 5% malbec. From organically grown grapes. Give it three or four years to come together.
A particular success for this Cabernet Franc-dominant estate situated next to Cheval Blanc, the 2020 Jean Faure bursts with aromas of cherries, minty blackberries, rose petals and cardamom. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and seamless, it's supple and suave, its enveloping core of vibrant fruit concealing sweet, powdery tannins, concluding with an expansive, perfumed finish. This beautiful wine stands out for its perfume and its ultra-refined texture.
Mostly Cabernet Franc with 35% Merlot and 5% Malbec, the 2020 Château Jean Faure is a gorgeous, seriously good Saint-Emilion delivering ample red, blue, and black fruits as well as exotic floral, violet, and chocolate-like nuances. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, it has the vintage's pure, focused, structured profile, is impeccably balanced, and has a great finish.
Barrel Sample: 92
With around two-thirds Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Jean Faure delivers quite a refined bouquet with touches of bell pepper infusing the black fruit. Like a little brother of Lafleur? The palate is well balanced with distinctive peppery notes, moderate depth, very fresh with a delineated, saline finish. Very distinctive and once you have adjusted your palate to the presence of Cabernet Franc, it grows on you. Best after 2028.
Broad and soft in feel, but with friendly boysenberry and mulberry fruit flavors laced with hints of sweet tobacco and black tea. Shows a subtle loamy twinge on the finish. A solid effort for the vintage. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec.