Chateau Jean Faux
An Organic secret so close to Saint Emilion… The village of Sainte Radegonde, in the Appellation of Bordeaux, where Chateau Jean Faux is located, is situated on the southern bank of the Dordogne river, on slopes facing Saint Emilion and Castillon. Chateau Jean Faux is building steeped in history. First renovated in the 17th century, the foundations are much older. On the right bank of the stream that flows down from Sainte Radegonde, the stately manor house stands in moderate proportion and sober style. The park, cave ponds, gardens, and orangery give the estate a bucolic charm. In 2002 Chrystel and Pascal Collotte purchased the Estate. Chrystel originates from Sainte Radegonde; she feels she has returned to her roots. A barrel maker before becoming a vine-grower, Pascal Collotte has travelled the world visiting hundreds of cellars. What was more logical than wishing to finally “settle down” and become a vintner… Château Jean Faux, in this secret corner of the Bordeaux region is a dream world for Pascal and his family. Here, a wonderful lifestyle is possible wearing the different hats of viticulturalist, gardener and “bon-vivant”. The soils of Jean Faux are a key asset for the vine. Near Saint Emilion, the “terroir” is exceptional. It is principally composed of clay and limestone slopes with south to south west exposure. The organically certified vineyard stretches over 12 hectares and is planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The average annual production is about 4500 cases. Stéphane Derenoncourt has been the estate consultant since 2003. Under his guidance, the estate follows viticulture and winemaking practices based on a “hands-on” observation and respect for nature. The grape picking is done plot by plot with a painstaking sorting of the berries, fermentation in small stainless steel or concrete tanks, malolactic fermentation and ageing in oak barrels.