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Jean Voisin Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2018  - First Bottle


94 Falstaff -
Deep dark ruby garnet, opaque core, violet reflections, subtle water rim. Fine black cherry fruit, fine dark aging potential, a hint of precious wood, juicy, ripe cherry fruit, some nougat, good freshness, integrated tannins, salty minerality, good length, reliable aging potential. (80% new wood, rest concrete)
93 James Suckling -
Stewed blackberry, praline, lemon zest and clove on the nose. It’s full-bodied with firm, powdery tannins. Polished and concentrated. The wood notes need time to integrate. Polished and complex. Try from 2024.
92 Jeff Leve: The Wine Cellar Insider -
With a dark garnet hue, the wine is filled with cocoa, espresso, licorice and plums on the nose. Medium-bodied, fresh, elegant, sweet, red fruits carry through on the finish.
91 Wine Enthusiast -
The latest release from this estate, in existence since the 16th century, is densely structured and packed with black-plum flavors. It is still young, vibrant with berry fruits and tannins. Give this rich wine time to smooth out and drink from 2023.
91 Vinous -
The 2018 Jean Voisin balances the rich, textured style that is such a house signature with pretty floral and spice notes that add freshness. Black cherry, mocha, hoisin, lavender, espresso and spice are all layered together in this racy yet mid-weight Saint-Émilion.

Technical Details

  • Blend100% Merlot
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationSaint-Emilion
  • Aging/Cooperage12 months in new oak barrels
  • Alcohol14%

Jean Voisin Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2018

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FS94, JS93, JL92, WE91, VN91

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The Estate was founded in 1583 when Jean Voisin, a local citizen and eventual mayor of Saint-Émilion, established his residence on a small, preserved, piece of hillside. He quickly identified the terroir quality, as already proven by his illustrious neighbor, Château Figeac, who at the time also owned the parcels that would one day become Château Cheval Blanc and Château Petrus. The vineyard today is an unsegmented parcel surrounding the Château, and tended as 19 individual plots. Each plot of land is farmed differently according to its potential. Merlot comprises 95% of the plantings, with the rest cabernet franc.

The 2018 vintage was a tremendous one for the region, albeit after a difficult start. Downfalls of rain drenched the early clusters of grapes, and significant yield was lost to rot and mildew. What survived was then treated to a very warm and dry summer that offered excellent potential. Voisin’s 30-year-old vines, grown on sandy-clay soil with veins of the region's famous ferrous blue clay, thrived throughout the growing season with excellent water retention and a hillside exposure to minimize rot. This wine is 100% merlot, crafted in conjunction with their premier consultant Hubert de Boüard of Château Angélus, and stands as an absolute achievement.

The wine is texturally rich and supple – like liquid velvet – with black cherry, blackberry compote, plums, Chinese five-spice, licorice, and cigar box and…just so much more. It goes on and on, and at the end of the day, it is simply easy to sip and stare in wonderment as the wine coaxes you down a river of ambrosial lustiness. There’s a lot packed in this wine, and the vintage is the perfect either/or dichotomy. Drink me now, or save me for years and years later, one thing is certain…you will not be disappointed!

** Fun fact: ancestor Gabriel B. Voisin was an aviation pioneer and manufacturer who turned to making luxury automobiles between WW1 and WW2. These iconic and rare vehicles were often chosen by Heads of State and various members of well-off international societal elites. **

PAIRING IDEAS: The texture, the spices, the tremendous unctuousness of this wine all lead me to this… Galbijjim (Korean braised short-ribs) dish. Perfection!

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: The meat is braised, the wine is decanted and the evening is just getting started… complete the vibe with Duke Ellington and John Coltrane getting sentimental.

About the Producer

The story at Chateau Voisin begins in 1583 when Jean Voysin, established his residence on an unexplored parcel of land. He quickly identified the land as promising with potential for greatness, also in part proven by his famous neighbors (Petrus, Figeac and Cheval Blanc). The 15 hectare vineyard is situated on the plateau of Saint-Emilion which is made up of the famous blue clay subsoil. Chateau Jean Voisin's objective is the never ending drive for victory of perfection and to focus their passions, knowledge and vigour into every vine and wine at Jean Voisin.