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Jean Faure (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018

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Winemaker Notes

Blend: 65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 5% Malbec

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WS 95
Wine Spectator
Lovely cassis, bergamot and cherry notes glide along, backed by a light mineral twinge. The ample structure is refined and well-embedded. Very pure.
Barrel Sample: 92-95
JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck

Another over-achiever in the vintage, the 2018 Château Jean Faure checks in as 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Malbec, which comes from a great terroir not far from Cheval Blanc, Figeac, and Ripeau. Sporting a vivid purple color and incredibly floral, elegant aromas and flavors, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a seamless texture, building tannins, and a great finish. The Cabernet Franc plays the lead role at this point, and this is going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age. Barrel Sample: 93-95.

D 93
Decanter
Olivier Decelle is the owner here, doing good work again. This is tight, more old-school St-Emilion in style. It's chewy and broad with raspberry coulis and chocolate notes, and yet there's a juiciness and a freshness running through the palate with touches of chalky minerality, steel and slate that bring elegance to the finish.

Drinking Window 2026 - 2040
Barrel Sample: 93

JS 92
James Suckling
A tangy and deep red with blackberries and blueberries that follow through to a medium body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish.
Barrel Sample: 91-92
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Jean Faure is deep garnet-purple in color and opens with tar, new leather and scorched earth notes giving way to baked black plums, blackberry pie and mocha scents. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, grippy texture and plenty of freshness lifting the savory flavors to a long finish.
Barrel Sample: 89-91
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Jean Faure

Jean Faure

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Jean Faure, France
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Located in the heart of the mythical terroir of the Premier Grand Cru Classe of Saint-Emilion, Chateau Jean Faure's neighbors are the prestigious Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau Figeac. Chateau Jean Faure, a historic vineyard of 18 ha, is rooted in magnificent soil of clay and iron. The vineyard consists of mostly Cabernet Franc (50%).
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St-Émilion Wine

Bordeaux, France

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Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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