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History

In the middle of the XVIII century, the property belonged to Gabriel Ferrière, illustrious member of the court of Louis XV. It remained in the family until 1914, when it was sold to Armand Feuillerat, the owner of Chateau Marquis de Terme, another Grand Cru Classé of Margaux. From 1952, the property was rented and the operations were directed by Alexis Lichine. The wine was vinified at Chateau Lascombes.

 

In 1988, the Villars family bought the vineyards and the château, but the long term rent only ended in 1992. The family then took over the operations of the vineyard and winemaking. With its 12 hectares of vineyards, Chateau Ferriere has the smallest property of the Grands Crus Classés in 1855. Today, Claire Villars‐Lurton is at the origin of this revival. She works with the greatest fineness and succeeded to reveal in her wine the exceptional terroir of Chateau Ferriere.

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Vineyards

With 21 Classified Growth châteaux in 1855, Margaux is the richest area in classified Grands Crus Classés estates in Médoc. This shows the quality of the terroir. Château FERRIERE has one of the smallest vineyards of all the Grands Crus Classés in 1855. The estate consists of 18 hectares of vineyards, which are mainly located in Margaux itself. The soil is composed of very deep gravels from the Gironde River on limestone marls. The size of its vineyard, combined with the beauty of its terroir, make Château FERRIERE wine a rare and highly valued one.

THE TERROIR

The terroir is the result of three components :
- The microclimate : more or less close to the river, north / south direction.
- The constitution of the soil and subsoil : soil chosen for the quality of the produced grapes,
- The human contribution : hoice of the vines, clone, rootstock, drain if necessary,

There is no translation for the word "terroir" and it comes from the inheritance of several generations of winemakers who, over the years, carefully noticed the places where the best grapes grew. For example, the vine of cabernet sauvignon ”the king of grape vines in the Médoc”, requires a long ripening period and prefers well-drained gravel soils. While merlot is more sensitive to drought. It is planted on a cooler soil which can contain more clay (good water retention).

A great wine also comes from vines of a certain age with roots going deep into the ground (minimum of 15-20 years of age). Our parents or grandparents often planted them. This wine is to be appreciated after at least 10 years and up to 30-50 years of ageing. Thus, all the work we do is handmade and this great wine is the result of a long chain.

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Winemaking

The date of the harvests is decided by the tasting of the grapes of every plot (skin and seeds). We look for a phenolic maturity with concentrated grapes and a good extractability of the tannins. The vinification lasts between 17 and 25 days depending on the vine variety, the soil and the age of the vineyard.

The temperatures should not exceed 25° - 27°C during the fermentation phase. The aim is to obtain an elegant wine with fine and racy tannins.

During this first period of fermentation, two pumping up are done daily until the disappearance of sugars. After the malolactic fermentation, the wines are transferred into the barrels. Those from the presses are carefully selected and blended according to their quality. They will contribute up to 10-15% in the blending of the wine in January.

The ageing cellar is semi-buried and therefore has the advantage of being isolated. It has a capacity of approximately 500 barrels of which 35% are renewed every year. Château FERRIERE is aged in French oak barrels during 16-20 months according to the vintage. The blending is done in January, the year following the harvest.

THE WINERY

The winery was built in 1992 and has : 8 concrete tanks built in 2001, 4 wooden tanks.

They are all of different capacities (from 25 to 173 hl). The volume of each tank was chosen according to the average production of each plot or subplot and it takes into account the variety of the different kinds of soils, vines and age. This method diversifies and asserts the means of selection of the grapes. The result is a more accurate winemaking and it is adapted to the different kinds of soils.

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Wine Moments

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 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Ferriere . In a tasting of  100 wines 

I'll repeat myself with the phrase, "Pomerol is one of the strongest districts in 2018"! The truth is that it's s an accurate and valid statement. Despite not tasting Petrus and Lafleur, to name some of the big hitters, I can assure, that there is enough exceptional goof for every taste from Pomerol. As everywhere in Bordeaux, there also are very few wines under the usual standard in Pomerol.


 

10h 59min ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Ferriere . In a tasting of  51 wines 

1998 Château Cheval Blanc; Ruby, pink rim, floral, violets, mint, layered, again impossible to describe fully. Close to perfect balance, playfull and stil relaxed acidity. tannins soft, stunning texture, mouthwatering, just ads and ads with air, incredible length, never ending, I keep raising the score on this as it keeps unlocking more and more secrets. I wish I had cases of this one. 98


Served blind, I was sure it was Petrus, as was most of the table. Wine of the evening!

11m 21d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Ferriere . 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

 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Merchant (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Ferriere . In a tasting of  35 wines 

2015 was overall a very dry year, with hydric stress a major concern in July. August brought welcome relief, rejuvenating the water table and unblocking the evolution. By this time, when veraison (the change of colour) took place, the berry size had already been set – small with thick skins. This is where the vintage’s tell-tale ripeness and silky textures come from.


The harvest conditions were ideal, again generally dry with cool nights, helping shape the vintage’s freshness and aromatics. The merlot crop would be picked in ideal conditions and at the vigneron’s leisure, aiming for optimum ripeness per plot. Many of the top châteaux now have the means to dissect and elevate dozens of different plots independently, all helping to improve the final assemblage. At Cheval Blanc we spoke with the technical director Pierre Olivier Clouet, who explained that they had taken practically a whole month to pick, with the result being almost every plot at perfect ripeness.


Each plot is fermented separately. Barrel samples of each are blended together in many different combinations and tasted blind to select which blend works best for the first and second wines. The final assemblage for the first wine consisted of all the plots except two that were ultimately discarded and sold off in bulk. And so for the first time since 1988 there will be no second wine at Château Cheval Blanc, a tribute to the overall consistency and quality of the harvest.


This is extraordinary scenario but a familiar tale in this vintage. In


general the percentage of first wine was comparatively high at most


châteaux and so there should be good volumes.

3y 3m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Ferriere . In a tasting of  55 wines 

Finally, after some busy days tasting back home in Oslo, here is 2016 Margaux. A vintage with a lot of success in this commune as well. Beautiful texture, pure fruits and that gorgeous scented in abundance almost Margaux typicity that is shining very clearly this year. Another stellar commune in 2016.

3y 10m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Ferriere . 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 Ferriere . 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

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

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

5y 11m ago

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