Château Jean Faure
The origins of Château Jean Faure dates back to the end of the 18th century. It is located in the village of Saint-Émilion with a surface area of 18 hectares. The Château experienced major management difficulties from the 1970s, which led to its exclusion from the Saint-Émilion classification in 1985. Olivier Decelle signalled the renewal of the estate in 2004, the year in which he in fact bought it. With energy and dynamism, he then undertook a complete renovation of the vineyard and constructed a new, more modern cellar. Vine cultivation has changed and the whole team is adopting more natural and environment-friendly methods. Horses, for example, are favoured over tractors to work in the vineyards.
Château Jean Faure blend is rather atypical: Cabernet Franc is the dominant grape, unlike many Saint-Émilion estates where Merlot is king. The position of the Château, close to Château Cheval Blanc and Château Figeac, may explain it since these two properties share a similar grape variety. This feature gives the Château’s wines a real smoothness, pulpy fruits and remarkable softness.