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How Good is Château Ferran Pessac-Léognan?


Wine overview of 2014 Château Ferran Pessac-Léognan, Graves crimson from Bordeaux, France

Rating: 90+/100

Château Ferran is a vineyard within the Pessac-Léognan space of the Graves, South of Bordeaux, with a wonderful Historical past of previous possession, together with Robert de Ferran, solicitor on the Bordeaux Parliament, who gave his title to the property, and Montesquieu, the well-known French thinker, who owned of the vineyards right here in the course of the 18th century.

At present’s managers, Philippe and Ghislane Lacoste, are the descendants of Joseph Beraud-Sudreau’s household who acquired the Chateau in 1880. They’ve been managing the property since 1999. Working laborious for restructuring the winery and renovating the vineyard.

Chateau Ferran’s property covers 22.5 hectares in complete (55 acres) with 19 ha of crimson grapes varieties (a dominant floor of Merlot —70%— with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot) and 2.5 has of whites (65% Sauvignon blanc and 35% Semillon).

The vineyard’s annual output averages 68Ok bottles of reds, and 15Ok bottles of whites.

Chateau Ferran’s second wine comes as Château de Belloc.

Total Tasting Notes & Impressions

With a comparatively dense and darkish crimson colour for the Graves, Château Ferran strikes with a vibrant fruity fragrant profile, the place the Merlot appears to offer the dominant notes of darkish cherry and blond caramel, but with a typical barely earthy and clearly spicy edge we like to search out in Bordeaux wines.

The palate includes a creamy and really delicate tannic texture, properly rounded by an oily physique.

Sure, the extra edgy tannins from Cabernet are right here, including grip and character to a barely drying end (at this wine’s younger age however this may definitely mellow though it’s already pleasant). However the general tasting expertise is delicate, creamy. and generously fruity.

Darkish cherry and blackberry are the dominant flavors, whereas forest flooring, wooden ashes, clove and nutmeg, and delicate oaky notes add strong depth and a way of savoriness we anticipate from an age worthy Graves.

A conclusion?

A really pleasant, easy and effective Pessac-Léognan wine, offering all the pieces we love in Bordeaux, however we don’t at all times get to style, ripe crimson berry fruit, easy dense tannins, a contact of edgy grip in a dry and food-friendly fashion.

When to Drink?

Scrumptious to take pleasure in now to take advantage of its fruit’s freshness however will age properly for the subsequent 10 years or so in the event you’re after additional depth and umami really feel. It ought to nonetheless be wonderful in 15 years too if you wish to push it.

What concerning the High quality Worth Ratio?

For a $ 15-$ 20 price ticket, that is genuinely a superb purchase so far as Bordeaux is worried.

One (an I) must style it throughout a number of vintages to verify, however 2014 wasn’t notably a superb classic in Bordeaux, so one would assume Chateau Ferran would come out good in any good-to-excellent 12 months for the area (2015 and 2016 the place typically thought-about a lot superior to 2014).

It’s obtained all the pieces you anticipate from a superb Bordeaux as my conclusion highlights, for a really inexpensive worth. The dominant Merlot gives the richness it simply will get within the Graves, whereas the wine stays true to its origin with the characterful enter of Cabernet.

Purchase with confidence this 2014 in the event you can and in the event you like Bordeaux wine, and let me know the way different vintages come by means of in the event you ever get an opportunity to strive one!

Take pleasure in 🙂

Julien Miquel

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