of CHATEAU JEAN FAURE
It is possible to imagine that the history of Jean Faure goes back to Ancient Roman times, due to the Figeacus villa (currently Château Figeac), an immense property that most probably already had its own vineyard. But the official existence of Jean Faure appears on the map of Belleyme, dating back to 1763-1770. This has been confirmed by the famous historian, Henri ENJALBERT:
« …the vines avance towards Jean Faure and La Dominique; (…)
As of the middle of 18th century, this historic first growth appeared on the first map of the great terroirs of Bordeaux. Château Jean Faure has consistently spanned the eras. Previously attached to Figeac, the surface area of Jean Faure has not changed since the beginning of the 19th century.
Château Jean-Faure is historically a first growth. It is mentioned in practically all of the successive editions of the major work on the wines of Bordeaux published by Feret – “Bordeaux and its wines classed by order of merit” by Charles Cocks et Edouard Feret.
1893 – 6th edition : Chateau Jean Faure was recognized as a 1st growth of Saint-Emilion at the end of the 19th century.
Feret speaks very highly about its terroir and vineyard:
“Château Jean Faure boasts a well-established reputation both in France and abroad; adjacent to Château Cheval-Blanc, this important domaine produces a wine which is remarkable due to its finesse and its extremely developed bouquet.”
“The estate of Jean Faure boasts various types of soil, where one comes across the best proportions for vine-growing, as well as light siliceous and thick stony-gravel soils, resting upon a ferruginous hardened sandy layer.”
The 18th century manor house has been restored according to the location’s spirit and historic architecture. During the 1700s, the main house of all of the farms in Gironde, including the wine estates, were built according to the same architectural style: low and long.
The farm buildings were adjacent and sometimes formed a courtyard. Enhancements were made to the buildings over the subsequent centuries. This was the case at Jean Faure, as a new bigger main house was constructed at the beginning of the 19th century and two pavilions were added to the edifice at the end of the 19th century.
The park is a place to relax with its tree-lined lawns, beds of trimmed boxwood shrubs, Japanese-style green spaces and pond.
The over two-hundred-year-old plan trees, umbrella pines, and cedars – the emblem of Jean Faure – bear witness to the estate’s prestigious status as of the 18th century.