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History

The history of Château de Ferrand dates back to the 17th century and was forged in the grand tradition of the Bordeaux wine-growing estates, those that helped the region gain its illustrious reputation.
Like all the Grands Crus of Bordeaux, the estate has experienced periods of great prosperity – Louis XIV’s court flocked to Ferrand renowned for its parties – and much quieter periods. Mademoiselle de Scudéry, the French writer and close friend of Elie de Bétoulaud, spent time at Ferrand working on her poetry.


One of the oldest and most consistent estates in  Saint-Emilion, in 300 years Château de Ferrand has belonged to just two families; that of Elie de Bétoulaud, who passed the estate down to his descendant the Marquis de Mons and his heirs, and that of Baron Bich, founder of the famous Bic company. Nowadays the estate is managed by Pauline Bich Chandon-Moët, with help from her husband Philippe Chandon-Moët.

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Vineyards

The unique character of a Grand Cru Classé mainly comes from its exceptional terroir: with 32 hectares of vines made up of Merlot (75%), Cabernet franc (15%) and Cabernet sauvignon (10%) on an estate covering 42 hectares in total, Château de Ferrand is blessed with a complex terroir of outstanding potential.

Located on the outer edge of the limestone plateau, the far end of the estate overlooks a curve in the Dordogne valley. 
The soil is well drained, thanks to channels that carry away excess water, and the rising currents of air sometimes manage to divert storms away from the estate. The vineyard’s altitude and exposure provide temperatures that are slightly cooler than those in the Saint-Emilion lowlands.

 

To produce wine of the highest quality, Ferrand’s terroir was mapped on a large scale (1:3000), providing a detailed profile of the variations in soil types in each plot as well as their distribution and properties. The vines are planted at altitudes ranging from 46 to 100m above sea level, making Ferrand one of the highest and best ventilated vineyards in Saint-Emilion.

The vineyard is composed of four different types of soil. They are all very different, but share one common feature: a relatively high concentration of clay. It is widely acknowledged that clay-rich soils in the Bordeaux region offer great winemaking potential.

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Winemaking

The vinification facilities at Château de Ferrand were refurbished in 2009, respecting the site’s historical beauty and its 18th century architecture. The harvested fruit is sorted in two stages, first by hand and then with an optical sorting system, before the grapes are gravity-fed into vats.
The vats are of various capacities so that the fruit from each plot can be processed individually, ensuring maximum traceability. The fruit from each batch is vinified and matured separately with the same attention to detail.

 

The wine is then transferred to barrels in a magnificent cellar and left for 12 to 16 months of maturing, with 50% of the French oak barrels replaced annually, sourced from the best coopers. Throughout the vinification process each batch is regularly tasted and several potential blends are produced.
 

Commercial considerations have no place in the blending process, with the sole priority being to create fine wine of the highest quality. Achieving the best from every vintage involves placing human expertise at the service of nature, and not the other way around.

The wine is bottled at Ferrand and stored in aboveground and underground cellars, which are equipped throughout with temperature control systems to create optimal storage conditions for the wine.

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 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Ferrand . In a tasting of  51 wines 

The wines of the "Association des Saint-Emilion Grand Crus Classés" arrived on May 14 and have been tasted the day after, together with some few samples from other Châteaux. Again a very exciting tasting, confirming the quality of this vintage.

9m 14d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Ferrand . In a tasting of  42 wines 

On the occasion of the annual journey of the Commanderies de Bordeaux à Essen et à Stuttgart a tasting of the vintage 2016 has been organized by the members of the Association des Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classés. The tasting was hold at Château La Tour Figeac.

10m 5d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château de Ferrand . In a tasting of  25 wines 

The time of the Primeur tastings in Bordeaux is not only a chance to rate the first wines of the vintage. Very often the Négociants and Château owners also show wines from previous vintages. Château Trottevieille was not only presenting the traditional ten years old wine, but also a 1947, first vintage of the estate in ownership of the Castéja family. Clarence Dillon was presenting the 2017 vintage at the end of a tasting showing all the vintages of Château Quintus and Dragon de Quintus since the first vintage 2014. Some exceptional bottles such as the great vintages of Château Figeac served in big formats left deep impressions. And some fine wines for every day have been the reward for the intense work with the young 2017 vintage. It was a pure pleasure to taste the mature wines as they offer a very huge array of aroma and flavour. This makes life easier to find the correct word. For the very young wines, the variation of aromatic compounds is much more restrained. Another aspect is the rating. I will never rate a wine "en primeur" with the mark for perfection, 100 points. As the wine is young and has a way to go, perfection not the right judgement. A ripe wine however can get this perfect rating.
 
 
 

2y 9m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Ferrand . In a tasting of  45 wines 

2017 is a vintage bringing back Bordeaux to its roots, offering a very classic wine style with lower alcohol levels than in the previous years but with often excellent aromatic expression. 2015 and 2016 have surely been better vintages than last year, but based on a first impression 2017 seems to be better than 2014. The evolution will show, that 2017 is far from becoming a "forgotten vintage". Some nice surprises will be waiting for us.

2y 9m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Ferrand . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

3y 10m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Ferrand . In a tasting of  64 wines 

98 wines tasted from Pomerol 2016 vintage, a stunning vintage for the appelation. Petrus might be the wine of the vintage, such finesse! But many others as well. Le Pin, La Conseillante, Clinet, Gazin, Petit Village, Lafleur, L'Evangile, VCC, La Fleur-Pétrus, Trotanoy, L'Eglise-Clinet and many more made stunning wines. Gazin made the best wine they ever did, same with Nenin. Pomerols are beyond seductive in 2016.

3y 10m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Ferrand . In a tasting of  36 wines 

“2015 St. Emilion / 2015 Château Ausone
Ruby. Dark berries, red fruits, minerals, delicate yet quite full and intense, mint and chocolate touch, slight floral element. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, juicy, dark berries before structure sets in, some minerals, nuanced, detailed, playful yet rounded, properly long finish. 96-98

4y 10m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Ferrand . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

4y 10m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Ferrand . In a tasting of  124 wines 

“Today’s Bordeaux 2013 tasting was very interesting. Margaux and Saint-Julien are performing much better than in the primeur tasting.”

5y 1m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Ferrand . In a tasting of  36 wines 

“2013 Château Cheval Blanc /Ruby. Shut nose, dark berries, vanilla, floral and scented nose, spices, maybe a faint hint of the exoticness typical of Cheval. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lively, fresh and nuanced, leaner, elegant and refreshing, long. 92-94 points”

5y 3m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Ferrand . In a tasting of  25 wines 

“Some good wines from Bordeaux vintage 2013 and Cos d´Estournel 2013 /Dark purple red with violet heu and almost black centre. Very spicy start with multilayered flavour profile, pure and precise fruit, slightly closed character. On the palate well balanced with good mouthfeel and length, juicy fruit and well managed tannins. Excellent ripeness of the fruit. ”

5y 10m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Ferrand . In a tasting of  193 wines 

“Bordeaux Primeurs 2015 / Vintage 2014 wines from 88-94 points”

5y 10m ago

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