2012 3ème Cru Classé Margaux
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Nice nose, discreet but inviting. Bright fruit, in mouth this is perky and fun. Lively and tasty bright fruit, good spice and no hard edges but importantly not too fat - a ray of sunshine in the extensive vintage line up at Ulysse Cazabonne's brilliant tasting. L&S (Apr 2013)
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The cassis that dominates the nose is backed by fresher bilberry and the start of the palate is bright and fresh fruited. There is a greater depth and weight of fruit in the middle with ripe feeling tannins a combination that gives more depth and richness on the finish. 2020-30 Rating: 87-90 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc picked from 1 until 10 October, the Ferriere has a light earthy bouquet that needs to muster more vigour once in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and pretty, light redcurrant and strawberry fruit that lead to an almost Burgundy-like fleshy finish. This may merit a higher score after bottling. Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2013)
Rating: 88 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2013)
Dense colour, good solid extraction of fruit, more robust than in the past, a bit raw now, but good future. Drink: 2017 - 2028. Rating: 16.75 Steven Spurrier (Apr 2013)
Rating: 16 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Apr 2013)
On the tangy side now, with pomegranate, bergamot, red currant and cherry fruit wrapped in briary tannins. A bit chewy on the finish, but displaying good purity and density Rating: 88-91 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2013)
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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