ABOUT THIS WINE
2018 is a vintage that will certainly mark the spirits ... On the one hand because it was very difficult to born. A humid spring and an exceptional pressure of fungal diseases were followed by a summer with extreme sunshine conditions.
Certain areas of the Margaux appellation and more generally the South of the Médoc were favored by a few thunderstorms during the summer which allowed to reduce the impact of the water stress.
The musts with complicated fermentation potentials (high degrees, malic acid in low concentration) ended up keeping the technical teams under pressure until the end of the winemaking process. In addition, the quality of the wines produced has a character and a quite remarkable sweetness. From the first days of vinification, the vats perfumed the cellars with a generous and intense fragrance, letting the musts with a juicy and round characters. At the end of the maceration, our feelings were confirmed when the tastings revealed powerful and concentrated wines. The levels of acidity remained moderate despite their high levels. This acidity allowed the wines to keep a surprising freshness.
The fruit is hand-picked. The vinification is traditional Bordelaise style which is in stainless steel and concrete vats. Aging is done in French oak barrels for 18 months. 40% of new oak.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Chateau Ferrière was founded in the 18th century by Gabriel Ferriere. He was a shipbroker and a King officer in charge of hunting. The vineyard was progressively enlarged by his cousin Jean, the mayor of Bordeaux in 1792.
At his death, the property was sold by the court due to joint ownership and under age heirs. His widow, Marie bought it. She had three heirs : Gabriel, Michel and Rosa.
On the death of his mother, Michel Ferrière remained the unique owner of the estate and exchanged some plots. When he died, he left his brother Gabriel and his sister Rosa as his heirs, she was herself the widow of Jacques Castaing, the owner of Château Chasse-Spleen in Grand Poujeaux located in the local administrative area of Moulis en Médoc. Subsequently, the estate went to their cousin Henry Ferriere who sold it to Armand Feuillerat in 1913, then the owner of Château Marquis de Terme.
The daughter of Armand Feuillerat, Mrs. Durand inherited the château and left it to her children. It was in 1952 that the Durand heirs leased out the vineyard to Alexis Lichine, the owner of Château Lascombes who then ensured the maintenance and operations. He could used the crop. For 40 years, the production of Château Ferriere was very low and only passengers of a major airline company had the opportunity to have an inkling a its potential.
In 1988, Jacques Merlaut bought the vineyards and the chateau but it was not until 1992 that the tenancy agreement with Chateau Lascombes came to an end and thus was born the first vintage produced by his daughter Bernadette Villars-Merlaut. Jacques Merlaut and his family were also the owners of Chateau Chasse-Spleen, La Gurgue and Haut-Bages Liberal.
On the death of her parents, Claire Villars took over after her mother and since 2000 when the family properties were divided among the family members, she has fully managed château Ferrière, as well as Châteaux Haut-Bages Liberal and La Gurgue.
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