Chateau Ferrande Graves Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Ferrande Graves

Learn everything about Chateau Ferrande Graves with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, the history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Ferrande History, Overview

There is some evidence that what we know of as Chateau Ferrande today was first planted by the ancient Romans, as they were active in the region at the time. The estate takes its name from the founders of the property, the Ferrande family. It is highly likely that vineyards were probably cultivated here during the late 17th century or the start of the 18th century.

It was during those times that the vineyards began to expand. The Ferrande family sold the property in the 1960s to the Delnaud family.

Shortly after the Delnaud family became full-time owners of Chateau Ferrande, a deal was soon made between the Delnaud family and the powerful Castel group to manage the estate through a leasing arrangement. By 1992, the Castel group agreed to purchase Chateau Ferrande in full.

The Castel group is a massive company. They are active in Bordeaux as a negociant and they also own several other vineyards, most notably Chateau Beychevelle in the St. Julien appellation. Since their original purchase, the Castel group has managed to more than double the size of the vineyards for Chateau Ferrande.

Chateau Ferrande Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The large 90-hectare vineyard of Chateau Ferrande is planted for both red wine grapes and white wine grapes. 84 Hectares of vines are used for red wine grapes, which are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. 6 hectares of vines are reserved for white wine grape varieties, which are planted to an even split of 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc.

The terroir is sand, rocks, gravel, and clay soils. The newer plantings in the vineyards are done at a higher level of vine density of 9,000 vines per hectare. On average, the vines are roughly 30 years of age. During harvest, the red wine grapes are picked by machine. However, the white wine grapes are harvested by hand.

For the red wine of Chateau Ferrande, vinification takes place in large, stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks. The wines are aged in an average of 20% new, French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months before bottling.

For the white Bordeaux wine of Chateau Ferrande, vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks. There is no malolactic fermentation or skin contact. The white wine is aged in tanks.

There is a second wine, Chateau Guillon. On average, the large production is close to 35,000 cases of wine per year of Chateau Ferrande.

The Best Vintages of Chateau Ferrande are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005. Although it is important to note that vintages can vary as to their quality between the white wine and the reds with as in some years, the reds are markedly better and in other vintages the whites are superior.

When to Drink Chateau Ferrande, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Ferrande can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Ferrande offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-8 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Ferrande, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Ferrande is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The red wine of Chateau Ferrande is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Ferrande is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.

The white wine of Chateau Ferrande is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal, and cheese.

Château Ferrande Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château Ferrande Blanc  (Graves) 90

With all its bright lemon and green apples, the wine is lively, sweet and refreshing with a vigorous, creamy lemon finish. This is a superb value priced white Bordeaux wine. 90 Pts

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2017 Château Ferrande Blanc  (Graves) 85

Early drinking, fresh, citrus filled summer wine without much weight or complexity. 85 Points

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2016 Château Ferrande Blanc  (Graves) 88

Fresh and lively sweet lemons, grapefruit and green apple notes are in abundance. The finish is crisp and stony. This is a nice value for a white Bordeaux wine. 88 Points

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2016 Château Ferrande  (Graves) 88

Medium bodied, forward, early drinking smoky wine with a nice cherry core of fruit. Fresh and open, this will be nice to drink on release. 88 Points

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2015 Château Ferrande  (Graves) 88

Open, soft, forward, early drinking, red cherry, tobacco and smoked filled, medium-bodied charmer that should be consumed over the next 6-8 years. Not a lot of depth, but it's quite nice to enjoy today. 88 Points

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2014 Château Ferrande  (Graves) 86

Early drinking, pleasant, correct, easy drinking, medium bodied, uncomplicated, red fruit focused wine. 86 Points

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2013 Château Ferrande Blanc  (Graves) 87

Light style of refreshing, yellow citrus, dominated wine, offering a lemon, lime, clean, fresh finish. This is a nice, easy, summer quaffer that is at maturity. 87 Points

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2012 Château Ferrande Blanc  (Graves) 88

Fresh and lively sweet lemons, grapefruit and green apple notes are in abundance. The finish is crisp and stony. This is a nice value for a white Bordeaux wine. 88 Points

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2012 Château Ferrande  (Graves) 85

Light in style, forward and fully ready to go, with its fresh, cherry and tobacco character. Softly textured, this is best for early drinking. 85 Points

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2010 Château Ferrande  (Graves) 86

Perfectly acceptable, medium bodied, early drinking, easy to taste, light quaffer with black raspberries and a bit of tobacco. 86 Points

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2009 Château Ferrande  (Graves) 85

Medium bodied, early drinking, with sweet and tart, bright, crisp, juicy red fruits that are made more interesting with the mild tobacco note on top. 85 Points

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