Chateau Jean Faux
Chateau Jean Faux, located not far from the Cotes de Castillon, is an historical estate that dates back to the 18th century. The modern era for Jean Faux began in 2002, when the property was purchased by Pascal Collotte, a former Saury barrel cooper. The estate consists of 45 hectares of woods, orchards, rolling hills and 11.5 hectares of vineyards, 80% of which are planted to Merlot and 20% to Cabernet Franc. The vines average 25 years of age and are planted to a density of 7,400 vines per hectare. Two hectares of vines are reserved for white grapes, consisting of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. The terroir of Chateau Jean Faux is clay and limestone soils. Since 2011, the property now farms using only 100% biodynamic farming techniques in the vineyards.
Jean Faux Bordeaux Blanc 2016
85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Sémillon from hillside and plateau vineyards on clay, limestone soils. Vinified in cement and stainless steel with a cold, pre-fermentation maceration. Fermentation and aging on the lees in French oak barrels (10-15% new) for six to nine months.
Review of 2015 White: “The 2015 Jean Faux Blanc is laced with expressive green, grassy flavors. Lime, lemon peel and white flowers are all nicely delineated.The blend is 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Sémillon. Simon Blanchard is the consulting winemaker. (88-90) Points” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Apr 2016
Jean Faux Bordeaux Superieur 2015
Vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel and concrete vats that range in size from 40 hectoliters to 80 hectoliters. The grapes are whole berry fermented. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is then aged in 40% new and 60% two year old French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months.
Review of 2014 Red: “Dark cherry, smoke, licorice, savory herbs and rose petals all flesh out in the 2014 Jean Faux. Drink this sumptuous, racy Bordeaux Supérieur over the next handful of years. The creamy, textured finish adds to the wine's considerable appeal. The blend is 80 % Merlot and 20 % Cabernet Franc. This is a superb showing from Jean Faux and consulting winemaker Simon Blanchard. 89 Points” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Feb 2017