2010 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Margaux
Classification 3ème Cru Classé

The usual kind of uncompromising sample from Claire Villars, really dense and backward. There's class in its deep purple-fruited, slightly fruitcakey richness, nice oaky spice behind the quite intense black fruit, and there's good balance and acidity too.

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Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Ferriere 2010 has a sensual bouquet with dark cherries, black plum and a touch of incense. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, nicely judged acidity and a rounded dark plum and balsamic-tinged finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. Good show for Ferriere.
90/100 (Jan 2015)

This delivers a solid beam of raspberry and cassis, with graphite and spice notes. Lightly firm through the finish, with dusty tannins hanging on the end.
89 - 92/100

A little subdued but a lovely freshness and firmness on the palate. Full and refined. Clean finish. Balanced and pretty.
91 - 92/100

Very firm, very precise cassis fruit, ripeness, structure and length, a good future. Drink 2017-28.

Exceptionally ripe on the nose, but with good freshness of fruit too. The tannins are not as obvious as on some other wines although the finish is, overall, pretty dry and minerally. Clean and brisk. A very light green streak. Fresh, athletic. 2018-2026

The assemblage here is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Quite a pretty crimson density here on inspection. It has a lightly perfumed and rather stony-gravelly nose, black fruit in style but with real suggestions of Margaux allure behind it. A very gentle start on the palate, quite soft, unassuming and relaxed, with supple and slightly juicy fruit. The tannins are unobtrusive, with a moderately dense velvety character coming in at the edge, and appropriate acidity too. Rather a supple and composed finish. Overall this is rather attractive. It is not quite the most vigorous of wines, but it is showing attractive typicity.

Lots of wood, high extraction and a rustic, formidably tannic, lean style have resulted in a wine that lacks charm as well as personality. The color is an attractive opaque purple and the wine appears to have some weight, but the high tannins and loads of new oak make this offering difficult to evaluate.

There is a nice depth of fruit on the nose all very black fruited in character. Cassis and black cherry fill out the mid palate with the richness slightly overpowered by the tannins. The finish has sweetness and a nice mix of flavours. 2020-35


Margaux Troisième cru 1855 The Ferrière family owned their eponymous estate from its origins in the 18th Century right up until 1914. During the 20th Century, Château Ferrière's star fell considerably with the vineyard leased to Alexis Lichine and the wine made at Château Lascombes, and Château Ferrière was rarely seen or known outside France. Ferrière was purchased by the Taillan Group (who own, among others, Gruaud-Larose and Chasse-Spleen) in 1988, and the story since then has been of continued improvement. The connection with Château Lascombes was ended and all wines are made at Château Ferrière now. Château Ferrière is the smallest of the Cru Classé estates, with just 8ha of vines dispersed around the centre of Margaux village. 80% are Cabernet Sauvignon, with 15% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The Grand Vin spends 18 months in wood (60% new). Both in terms of quality and availability, Château Ferrière is unrecognisable from where it was a few short years ago. Classic, gently assertive Margaux and excellent value for money.

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