2017 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion


An unscheduled visit to the Château, we were very warmly received by Olivier Decelle and his rather large shaggy dog. All of his Merlot was destroyed by the frost. The resulting blend: 95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec (2016 was 50% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot, 5% Malbec). The high proportion of Cabernet Franc is obvious on the nose. Attractive sweet red fruit is complemented by enjoyable bell pepper notes. Surprisingly smooth on the palate - rich fruit and mineral stone keeps it interesting. The oak is well integrated and enhances rather than dominates the wine. This is a great effort in tricky circumstances. There is not much of this kicking around. Rating: 92 L&S(Apr 2018)

In Bond

75cl bottles (wood case of 12)

* This is a pre-shipment/primeur offer. All orders are accepted under the TERMS of this offer which differ from the terms of the rest of the site.

The 2017 Jean Faure is 95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec – the Merlot completely eradicated by the frost. It actually has an interesting, loamy bouquet with a touch of green bell pepper in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, touches of bell pepper and spice once again, but you know, it is a thoroughly reasonable take on a quasi-Cabernet Franc monovarietal and in that respect, it works well. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, 2018)

The deep purple-colored 2017 Château Jean Faure (the color is no doubt due to the Malbec) offers a beautiful perfume of blueberries, leafy herbs, damp earth, and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, fresh and elegant, it has nicely integrated acidity, present tannin, and nicely integrated acidity. It shines more for its complexity and elegance than power and richness, and has outstanding potential. Rating: 89-92 Jeb Dunnuck, 2018)

This has a rounded edge, with cassis and plum sauce flavors flowing through, along with a swath of tobacco and a tug of warm paving stone. Nice character. Rating: 89-92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2018)

These vineyards are located in the extreme west of the appellation, near Château Figeac and Château Cheval Blanc, were the frost did a lot of damage. It also tends to major on Cabernet Franc, and I think it has been disadvantaged in this vintage. It starts off rather green and leafy, with smoked cherry fruit, with a rather grained, sandy edge to it. The palate is gentle, smoky, with leafy fruit, herbaceous but moving into the tobacco and pencil-shaving Cabernet Franc arena, with a moderate grip in the end. Sandy, slightly chalky tannins, firm and grippy. Rather a low-key result, but a sign of the difficult vintage I think. Rating: 84-86 Chris Kissack, 2018)

Château Jean Faure was bought by Olivier Decelle (who had already acquired the Maury, 'Mas Amiel' by then) in 2004. This ended a dark period in the property's history, since it had lost its position as a 'Grand Cru Classé' in 1985, thanks to bad management at the time. A long period of investment and restructuring followed. The vineyard oof 18 hectares, being partly on a similar gravel to its near neighbour Cheval Blanc, is composed of 56% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 6% Malbec. The property has now regained its 'classé' rank. The wine is aged for eighteen months, one third in concrete, and two thirds in barrels, 60% new, and 40% one year old.

Please make sure that you have read the terms of this offer which are different from those on the main website. If you are unclear as to what is involved in primeur purchases please do call us, but see the 'practical notes' below.


Prices are per case as listed 'in bond London'.

Pre-Orders are a firm commitment from you to buy the wines you order on release, subject to the price being below the upper price of the estimated band on our website. You may also set your own upper price limit, lower or higher than ours. Pre-orders will be fulfilled subject to availability. Providing this firm commitment to us effectively gives you priority.

Wines listed on the website (after any pre-orders and allocations have been fulfilled) can be ordered in the usual way via the website order form or by email to or by telephone 020 7221 1982, always subject to stock remaining.


All orders will be confirmed by email and are contractually binding unless written cancellation is received within seven days of the confirmation date, apart from pre-orders which are binding if the release price is below the top estimate or other price you have set.

Invoices are raised at the In Bond price, excluding any duty and VAT which will become payable at the prevailing rates on arrival of the wine if required duty paid.

Payment is required on sight of invoice, by cash, cheque, debit card or credit transfer. We reserve the right to charge 2% per month on invoices unpaid after 30 days.


  • Shipment to our bond (at LCB Creek Road) and insurance are included in the in bond price.
  • Delivery is free to Lea and Sandeman / Elephant storage accounts, both duty paid and in bond.
  • Other deliveries (In Bond and Duty Paid) are also free subject to a minimum order from the offer of £1000, orders below this total will be charged £16.50+ VAT when the wine invoices are issued. We will group deliveries and this is a charge for your entire purchases, not a per-case charge.
  • Delivery for 2017 Bordeaux primeurs will expected to be completed by October 2020, but we can make no guarantee as to specific delivery times, and some of the Sauternes may be later.

Practical notes - how it works

We start a sale in each customer's name and add all their primeur orders to one sale which is invoiced at the end of the campaign (or when the customer wishes). Immediate payment of invoices is then required. We and our customers find that having a single invoice for the vintage is the simpler option, but do please note that confirmed orders are still binding as above even if the final invoice has not been issued.

When the wine is shipped, unless previously specified we will assume that delivery is to be to bonded storage with Elephant Storage, but in any case, we will contact you requesting any alternative instructions. If you have another bonded delivery address you would like the wine to go to, please tell us at the time of ordering. If the wines are required duty-paid we will issue invoices at the rates prevailing at the time for the excise duty (currently £25.98 per case) and the VAT (currently at 20%) on the total of the wine cost and the duty.

Half-bottles, Magnums and larger bottles.

One of the additional advantages of buying en primeur is being able to order the wine in the bottle size you want. Even if a wine is only listed in one size, you can order any bottle or case size you want if the property supplies it, but you must order the case/bottle size you require and check that the correct size has been invoiced.

Additional charges are as follows:-

  • +£20 per case of 24 half-bottles
  • +£10 per case of 6 Magnums (2 bottles equivalent, 1.5 litres each)
  • +£35 per individually boxed Double Magnum (4 bottles equivalent, 3 litres)
  • +£50 per individually boxed Imperial (8 bottles equivalent, 6 litres) for Salmanazars, Balthazars, Nebuchadnezzars and Melchiors please enquire for availability and price.