|Classification||3ème Cru Classé|
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, www.vinous.com(Mar 2018)
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