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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 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 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 Chateau 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 20 hectare vineyard of Chateau Ferriere is planted to 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. The represents a big change in the vineyard, in size and in its plantings, as previously, the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon was closer to 80% and there was no Cabernet Franc. The removed Cabernet Sauvignon vines are now used for Merlot. The vineyard of Chateau Ferriere has a terroir of gravel with chalk and sand in their soils. The vines are on average a respectable, 45 years of age. Some of the land is owned by the property, while other parcels are under a long term, rental agreement. Their best parcels are in the commune of Cantenac. The vineyard is planted to a vine density typical of the Left Bank at 10,000 vines per hectare. Chateau Ferriere was certified as using 100% organic farming techniques in 2017.
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 direct to French restaurants and not through negociants on the open market of the Place de Bordeaux. That previous lack of exposure did not help consumers discover the wines of Chateau Ferriere. Today, their wines are sold openly, using the Negociant system.
To produce the wine of Chateau Ferriere, vinification takes place in a combination of temperature controlled, traditional, cement tanks and large wood vats for about 20 days. The older vines are vinified in the wood. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel 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 8,000 cases of wine per vintage.
When to Drink Chateau Ferriere, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Ferriere can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Ferriere is usually better with at least 7-8 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Ferriere offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-02 years of age after the 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. 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. 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.
Château Ferrière Wine Tasting Notes
9 Vintages 22726 Views Sort Vintage Rating
2016 Château Ferrière ( Margaux)
Medium-bodied and floral in character, the wine is correct with lean, spicy fruits though it lacks in complexity.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 996 Views
2015 Château Ferrière ( Margaux)
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
Apr 21, 2016points - Tasted 1314 Views
2014 Château Ferrière ( Margaux)
Medium bodied, light in color and on the very fresh side of the style range, the red berry, herb and spicy, crisp style will appeal to some folks more than others. The wine was made from a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Feb 4, 2017points - Tasted 1623 Views
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
Apr 22, 2015points - Tasted 1782 Views
2013 Château Ferrière ( Margaux)
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
Apr 20, 2014points - Tasted 1114 Views
2011 Château Ferrière ( Margaux)
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
Apr 19, 2012points - Tasted 3740 Views
2010 Château Ferrière ( Margaux)
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.
May 18, 2013points - Tasted 4105 Views
2009 Château Ferrière ( Margaux)
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.
Jan 29, 2012points - Tasted 3780 Views
2000 Château Ferrière ( Margaux)
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.
Oct 18, 2016points - Tasted 2613 Views
1996 Château Ferrière ( Margaux)
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.
Oct 18, 2016points - Tasted 1659 Views