Chateau Jean Faux is situated in the village of Sainte Radegonde which is on the southern bank of the Dordogne river, on slopes facing Saint Emilion and Castillon. Following the left bank of the Dordogne, one goes from fields to hillsides, from plateaus to valleys. Small churches, fortified towns, castles and strongholds all recall the rich history of this unknown part of the Bordeaux region.
Chateau Jean Faux’s vineyards stretch over 12 hectares and are planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. There are also 2 hectares of white varieties planted with 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. The average annual production is about 4500 cases. The estate follows viticultural practices based on a ‘hands-on’ observation and respect for nature; it has been engaged in organic viticulture since 2008, however, the first official bio vintage was 2011.
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. The 2014 Jean Faux wraps around the palate with serious density and
silkiness. Round, voluptuous and racy, the 2014 boasts gorgeous depth and exceptional overall balance, especially at this level. Dark spices, new leather, smoke, blackberries and cedar flesh out on the layered, supple finish. There is so much to like here, including the price. 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 February 2017 vinous.com)