SRP of $30 and purchased for $17.99. 4,000 cases produced. Imported by Signature Jeffrey M. Davies Selections.
From the bottle:
"Pascal Collotte's south facing hillside vineyard sits across the Dordogne River from Castillon-La-Bataille. It is planted in clay and limestone soils with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc whose average age is 25 years. Sustainable vineyard management practices includes mechanical tilling, deleafing, debudding, crop thinning, and manual harvesting. Yields in 2009 were just 33 hls/ha. Fermented in cement and stainless steel tanks. Malo and aging on the lees for the first 6 months. Aged in 50% new and 50% one-wine old barrels for 12 months and then for six months in tank. Bottled in June 2011. Only 4,000 cases.
The 2009 Chateau Jean Faux Sainte-Ragonde Bordeaux Superieur begins with pleasant aromas of ripe black cherry, blackberry, leather, a little oak, a little anise and a good dose of vanilla. The wine tastes smooth and velvety with soft tannins, loads of cola and black cherry, plum and blackberry fruit. A little tobacco leads into the dry, long finish featuring tart fruit, oak and the return of those vanilla and anise notes from the nose. There's nothing faux about this very pleasant, tasty and fun to drink wine!
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Overall Rating: 7.5
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