Jean Faure was a fantastic new discovery for us with the 2018 vintage: the 2019 is a tremendous follow-on. The property is superbly situated a few hundred yards along from Cheval-Blanc, adjoining La Dominique, across the commune border from leading Pomerol châteaux La Conseillante and l’Evangile. For several decades the vineyards were neglected, however, since their purchase by Olivier Decelle in 2004 a transformation has taken place. Organic cultivation has brought the old vines back to health, and the winery has been totally re-equipped. Unusually – but just like at nearby Cheval-Blanc – a strong proportion of Cabernet Franc makes up the blend. In 2019 this is 65%, with 30% Merlot and 5% Malbec completing the picture. It is a striking wine, with real personality and charm, showing the finesse and fragrance of Cabernet Franc, complimented by lusciously textured, ripe Merlot and Malbec fruitiness. Colour is deep ruby-purple, aromas fragrant and fresh. Palate shows tightly-woven, vibrant fruit, with all elements finely balanced. This is a complete, harmonious wine (for drinking 2024-2040+).
2019 Château Jean Faure, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
(£84.20 per magnum)
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