Chateau Jean Faux

After decades of working as a Saury wine barrel cooper, Pascal Collotte had always said that he would never buy a vineyard unless it was utterly perfect in every way, complete with a pond, an orchard and rolling pasture. Secure in his skepticism that nothing so perfect could possibly exist, everything changed when he laid his eyes on the Château Jean Faux. His purchase of the property in 2002 is proof positive that Bordeaux is still full of surprises!

Just outside the appellation limits of Castillon, this property is located on fairly steep slopes dominated by pine trees, which create a micro-climate. At the bottom of the slope is a small river that also has a tempering effect. Pascal's first vintage was in 2003 under the guidance of consulting winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt, with whom the château has worked ever since. Château Jean Faux has been practicing organic since 2009. The 2007 is drinking deliciously right now, with loads of fruit and undertones of smokiness. This wine is the product of a couple who lives for entertaining with the "fruit" of their property, and is a clear extension of their love of nature. With impressive length and present tannins, this wine has an ageing potential of 10-15 years.

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Chateau Jean Faux Bordeaux Superior 2011
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89 "A polished red, with the vintage's briary side well-integrated into the core of alluring raspberry coulis, damson plum and red currant fruit. Incense and iron notes give the finish elegance, range and length. Drink now through 2017. 4,400 cases made. –JM"  " After decades of

Chateau Jean Faux Bordeaux Superior 2010
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "This is quite ripe, with almost flashy plum, raspberry and boysenberry flavors, but they stay focused and driven, with mouthwatering anise and apple wood notes that cut through the middle and extend the long, fleshy, polished finish. A latent minerality chimes in at the very end,

Chateau Jean Faux Bordeaux Superior 2009
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "Ripe and dense, this delicious red offers a lovely creamy mouthfeel to its crushed plum, blackberry and anise flavors, carried by long, velvety tannins. Lovely spice and toasty apple wood notes flitter in the background. The best vintage yet for this rising new estate. Drink now