2014 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Margaux
Classification 3ème Cru Classé
ABV 13%

Powerful stuff from the dynamic Claire Villars. The sample is from only new barrels - the finished wine will be a blend of old wood too - with new wood making up just 40% of the total. As such, for now the profile is burly. The fruit is beautifully bright - almost tangy red strawberries and lovely cherry notes and there is a lovely restraint here, no unnecessary gloss or weight. Full bodied for sure but there is a sense of measured power a seriousness - and when the élevage is complete it should offer attractive mid-term drinking. Rating: 90 L&S (Apr 2015)

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The 2014 Ferrière has a backward bouquet with brambly black fruit, graphite, pressed violets and cedar aromas that gather pace with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It just feels a little muddled on the finish compared to its peers. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2019 - 2032 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, 2018)

Deep crimson. Some richness and perfume. Rather too emphatic for classic Margaux but it’s flattering and easy to like. Dry finish with sandpaper tannins for the moment. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2018)

The Château Ferrière 2014 has a lovely nose that is punchy and bright: violet-tinged black fruit that are vivacious and precise. The palate is medium-bodied with a citrus fresh entry, a keen thread of acidity, good weight in the mouth with a surprisingly (for Ferrière) structured finish. There is a sense of energy here that wins you over and it should be translated into the wine post-bottling. One not to overlook as this is often keenly priced compared to its peers. Drinking range: 2018 - 2032 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, 2015)

Fine, fragrant Cabernet nose. Shows well both its Margaux elegance and 2014's clean fruit and high acidity. Not a big wine but nice florality and persistence. (Highly recommended Margaux, Decanter.) Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 90-90 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2015)

Dark red cherry, smoke, tobacco, game and incense are pushed forward in the 2014 Ferrière, an attractive, mid-weight wine to drink in its youth, while the flavors remain fresh. Hints of sweet tobacco, earthiness and lavender add nuance on the close. Rating: 87-90 Antonio Galloni, 2015)

Notably deep blueish purple. Very heady and ripe. A bit sour and austere. Hard work! Some fruit weight but a heck of a lot of acidity too. Drinking range: 2021 - 2034 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2015)

Floral violets fragrances the black fruits have a lovely brightness and freshness. Richer in the middle the firm black cherry underpinned by sweeter cassis the back palate and finish has a nice depth of flavour. Drinking range: 2025 - 2037 Rating: 88-90 Derek Smedley MW, 2015)

Ferrière has been a bit of a disappointment in recent years, making rather angular wines, so it was a joy to taste this stylish 2014. Highly scented and refined, with minerality and freshness, subtle oak integration and hints of blood orange, cassis and wet stones. The best Ferrière I've had in ages. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, 2015)

Presents a blast of bright plum and cassis fruit, along with a noticeable savory edge and notes of violet and white pepper. The acidity is a bit perky through the finish, but this should be pretty if it settles in. Rating: 88-91 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2015)

This shows a wonderful finish with lots of blackcurrants and blackberries. A full bodied, serious and back-ended wine. Very serious. Excellent potential. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, 2015)

Château Ferrière

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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