The 2015 Jean Faure has a rather earnest bouquet that is trying to impress, although it does not have the same class as the 2015 Martinet tasted alongside. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly angular tannins, some hardness creeping up on the finish that almost stumbles over the finish line. Tasted at the Oenoconseil tasting room in Bordeaux.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030
De Boüard consults here now. Used to be Derenoncourt. Exceptionally dark crimson. Sweet and satisfying on the nose. Some real interest to this wine; not just formulaic. As well as the sweet fruit there is some attractive drive – and a good clean finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2035
Robert Parker 89
The 2015 Jean Faure has a Merlot-driven, slightly warm bouquet that needs a little more delineation to come through by the time of bottling. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a lot of new oak to be subsumed, but there is good depth here with attractive delineation on the finish. It needs more finesse, but it could well deliver at the top of my expectations once in bottle.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2045