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Jean Faure (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020

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Winemaker Notes

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

Organically grown

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JS 94
James Suckling

A tight, firm red with blackberry and plum character, as well as mushroom undertones. It’s full-bodied with creamy tannins and a long finish. Very solid and dense in the center palate. 65% cabernet franc, 30% merlot and 5% malbec. From organically grown grapes. Barrel Sample: 93-94

JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck
A blend of 65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, and 5% Malbec, the 2020 Château Jean Faure has a beautiful, elegant, floral style that carries plenty of perfectly ripe black fruits, medium to full-bodied richness, and ripe yet firm tannins. With terrific overall balance, it shows the focused, pure, yet structured style fo the vintage and is certainly going to be a gorgeous wine. Hide bottle for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 10-15 years.
Barrel Sample: 92-94
D 92
Decanter
Always one of the highest Cabernet Franc percentages in St-Emilion which gives this a sculpted and juicy but oh so slow delivery of the blue-toned fruits. Not one to drink young; really needs a few years to develop in the bottle. You get clear raspberry leaf, tobacco and slate as things open.
Barrel Sample: 92
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

A blend of 65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 5% Malbec, the 2020 Jean Faure has a deep garnet-purple color. It bursts with ripe, bold, juicy black fruits, featuring notions of blackberry preserves, Black Forest cake and boysenberries, plus hints of pencil shavings, red roses and allspice with an earthy touch of underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is soft-textured and refreshing, coating the mouth with black fruits and finishing with a spicy kick. Barrel Sample: 89-91

V 91
Vinous
The 2020 Jean Faure, dominated by 65% Cabernet Franc, has a well-defined, slightly earthy bouquet, touches of tobacco coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, just a little bell pepper deriving from the Cabernet Franc and a relatively light but balanced finish. This tends to show better in bottle and, as a recent vertical proved, benefits from bottle age. -Neal Martin
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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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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