The 2016 Jean Faure is a vintage that I never clicked with, despite the reputation of the growing season. Deep in hue, it presents an attractive, pure, sensual bouquet of black plums, raspberry, orange blossom and espresso. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannins on the entry and good depth and grip, but it’s a little stolid and does not convey the complexity and personality of the previous vintage. Comparing them side by side, this is one instance in which the 2015 has more to offer.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2033
Robert Parker 91
The 2016 Jean Faure has a very attractive, quite floral bouquet with some lovely black cherry, raspberry preserve and rose petal aromas that waft from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well judged acidity, layers of crisp black and red fruit with fine mineral tension towards the finish. That’s the best Jean Faure that I have tasted at primeur.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2038