The 2015 Jean Faure has a very pleasant, youthful bouquet, delivering plenty of raspberry, wild strawberry, melted tar and cedar notes that possess more complexity than the previous vintage. The medium-bodied, finely tuned palate offers fine-grained tannins, well-judged acidity and a silky-smooth, mineral-rich finish (in fact, this is the most mineral-driven Jean Faure that I have tasted). This is an excellent 2015 that is drinking beautifully now, but it will offer another decade of drinking pleasure.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2033
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