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2015 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Margaux
Classification 3ème Cru Classé
ABV 14.6%

63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Aged 80% in new wood and 20% in concrete eggs. Tasted several times and each time it stood out among its peers - much more expression than most, defined fruit which is spicy and suave, a supple cool fresh finish, a sense of knowing where its going - and where it's from. However at the tasting at the Château, the sample seemed comparatively mute and dense, and Claire Villars though so too, and opened a second, which had 5% less of the new wood component of the blend. The difference was dramatic, and served to prove not only that this is a very good Ferrière indeed, but also just how imperfect this system of tasting wines at this stage really is. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2016)

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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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