Marks and reviews
Located a few kilometers away from Saint-Emilion, on the right bank of Bordeaux, Chateau de Ferrand was founded in 1702 by Elie de Bétoulaud and was subsequently acquired by Baron Bich in December 1977. Since 1994, his daughter Pauline and her husband Philippe Chandon-Moët have taken over the running of the estate. Carrying out numerous improvements and innovations, their work was rewarded in the classification of Chateau de Ferrand, ranking as a Grand Cru Classe in 2012. Gonzague de Lambert has been the director of Chateau de Ferrand since 2017.
Made with great precision, the wines of Chateau de Ferrand are renowned for their structure, their aromas of ripe red fruit mixed with a delicate freshness and fine tannins.
Chateau de Ferrand’s vineyard spreads across 42 hectares of vines, of which a 32-hectare single-block vineyard is used in the production of the estate’s wines. The vines are planted at the end of the Saint Emilion limestone plateau, on a ledge that overlooks the curving Dordogne valley. This location leads to an excellent drainage of the soil thanks to runoff, which, combined with the ideal altitude and sun exposure, gives rise to fine Saint-Emilion wines.
Obtaining the Terra Vitis certification in 2012 and HEV level 3 in 2018, Chateau de Ferrand manages its vineyard using environmentally friendly practices, both in the vineyard (mechanical soil tillage, inter-row grassing, manual harvesting) and in the 10 hectares of forest or meadows that surround the vineyard.
The month of April was marked by low temperatures, causing a delay in the vines and a late frost, which spared the estate. The good climatic conditions during spring and summer were beneficial and helped the development of the vines.The mild and fresh end-of-season meant that the grape-harvest took place under perfect sanitary conditions, yielding very high quality grapes.
Cabernet Franc (19%).
With its great finesse, this Chateau de Ferrand 2017 harmoniously expresses the peculiarities of each grape variety making up its blend. The velvety notes of Merlot blend harmoniously with the structured tannins, freshness and aromatic complexity of Cabernet Franc.