2020 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Grapes Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Other Certified Organic
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Margaux
Classification 3ème Cru Classé
ABV 13.5%

Complex aromas of crushed berries, walnuts, wet earth and spice follow through to a full to medium body, chewy yet juicy tannins and a savory finish. This needs time to soften but I like the character and intensity. 68% cabernet, 27% merlot, 3% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink after 2025. Rating: 95 James Suckling, (May 2023)

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The 2020 Ferrière is tremendous. Dark fruit, lavender, gravel, incense and dark spice are some of the many notes that develop. A wine of vertical, explosive energy, Ferrière is fabulous. The tannins are bruising today, so readers will have to be patient, but all the ingredients are there for the 2020 to be superb. There is a feeling of unrestrained wildness in the Ferrière that is hugely appealing. Drinking range: 2028 - 2050 Rating: 95 Antonio Galloni, (Feb 2023)

The 2020 Ferrière is aged 80% in barrel (40% new) and 20% in amphora and concrete eggs with minimal SO2. The bouquet is quite intense and pure, with black cherries, raspberry and light graphite scents. It becomes increasingly floral with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly creamy texture on the entry, impressive depth, and good grip with a dense, rather structured finish that lingers in the mouth. This is a long-term Margaux that deserves cellaring. Excellent. Drinking range: 2027 - 2050 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, (Feb 2023)

This is another Margaux that seems to be built around a core of charry oak and tannin as opposed to ripe fruit. Unfortunately, I cannot see this wine balancing out in the future. Rating: 16+? Matthew Jukes (Jun 2021)

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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