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Everything about Chateau Ferriere Margaux Bordeaux Third Growth wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes , wine and food pairing tips, wine ratings , a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews . If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Ferriere History, Overview

Chateau Ferriere followed the Bordeaux tradition of taking its name from the original owners, the Ferriere family that founded the Bordeaux wine property in the second half of the 18th century. Chateau Ferriere left the original families hands in 1914 when it was sold by Henri Ferriere to Armand Feuillerat. Armand Feuillerat was already popular in the Bordeaux wine trade at the time, because he also owned Chateau Marquis de Terme , which like Chateau Ferriere, was located in the Margaux appellation.

Following World War 2, Alexis Lichine who owned a part of Chateau Prieure Lichine , as well as a percentage of Chateau Lascombes , leased the Bordeaux wine vineyards of Ferriere in the early 1950’s. He began producing and selling the wine. This explains why for a part of the estate’s history, the wines were made at both Prieure Lichine and Lascombes.

By the time the 20th century was closing, Chateau Lascombes and Chateau Ferriere were both sold again. Chateau Lascombes went to Colony Capitol and Chateau Ferriere was purchased by Jacques Merlaut. Jacques Merlaut also owned Chateau Gruaud Larose , Chateau Chasse Spleen , Chateau Citran , Chateau La Gurgue and Chateau Haut Bages Liberal in Pauillac .

The daughter of Jacques Merlaut, Bernadette Villars eventually assumed responsibility for Ferriere. This success, was marred by tragedy when Bernadette and her husband perished in a hiking accident in the Pyrenees. Claire Villars runs all the family Bordeaux wine properties today.

Chateau Ferriere Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes , Winemaking

The vineyards are located behind stone walls in the center of the village of Margaux. With only twelve hectares, which is a huge increase from their previous 8 hectare size, Chateau Ferriere is the smallest 1855 Classified property. In part, the small size explains why the winery remains obscure. Adding to that was for a period of time, the wine was sold mostly to French restaurants and not through negociants on the open market of the Place de Bordeaux.

The 12 hectare vineyard of Chateau Ferriere has a terroir of gravel with chalk and sand in their soils. The vineyard of Chateau Ferriere is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon , 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot . The represents a big change in the vineyard, as previously, the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon planted was closer to 80%. Those vines are now Merlot. The vines are on average a respectable, 45 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density typical of the Left Bank at 10,000 vines per hectare. Chateau Ferriere is now moving in the direction of organic farming techniques.

To produce the wine of Chateau Ferriere, vinification takes place in a combination of temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and large wood tanks for about 20 days. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels and tank. The wines are aged in up to 60% new, French oak barrels for about 18 months. There is a second wine , Les Remparts de Ferriere. On average, the estate produces about 6,000 cases of wine per vintage.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Ferriere, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Ferriere is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. The wine will also gently warm in the glass, releasing its aromatics. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. Chateau Ferriere is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Ferriere is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

The Villars family also owns Chateau Chasse Spleen in Moulis , Chateau Haut Bages Liberal in Pauillac, Chateau Domeyne in St. Estephe and Chateau La Gurguem which is also located in the Margaux appellation.

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Château Ferrière Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2015 Château Ferrière

    1. Medium-bodied, classic in style, the fruit is crisp, bright and fresh with a red berry core and a complexity of cedar, spice and herbs in the finish. 88 - 89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2014 Château Ferrière

    1. With a bright, classic, red berry character, this medium-bodied wine finishes on the crisp side of the red fruit style range. 85-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  3. 2013 Château Ferrière

    1. Leaf, tobacco and red berry are the best aromas in this lean wine. Light in style and focusing on tart, red fruits, this wine will be best young. 83-85 Pts

      84 points - Tasted
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  4. 2011 Château Ferrière

    1. From a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% new oak, the wine is aged in 40% new oak. Light ruby in color. The wine offers earth and cherry notes. Medium-bodied, the wine ends with a lightweight red berry and cherry finish. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  5. 2010 Château Ferrière

    1. Light, lean and dominated by crisp red berries and earth, this medium bodied, fresh, bright wine ends with peppery, cranberries and cherry in the classically styled finish.

      88 points - Tasted
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  6. 2009 Château Ferrière

    1. With an herb, earth and cassis nose, this medium bodied, soft textured blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc is a lighter, bright, red fruit dominated style of Margaux wine that will drink well young.

      88 points - Tasted
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  7. 2000 Château Ferrière

    1. Light in color, medium bodied, pleasant, easy to taste , with a red berry character that is made more interesting with the tobacco and wet earth notes. This is not a wine for further aging. Drink up.

      87 points - Tasted
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  8. 1996 Château Ferrière

    1. Fully mature, rustic, medium bodied, old school style of Bordeaux, with a crisp, bright, red berry and herb character. The nose, with its tobacco and earthy accents is more satisfying than the palate.

      85 points - Tasted
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