2006 Chateau Ferriere, Margaux
Vintage : 2006
Country : France
Region : Margaux
Gabriel Ferriere, a well-known broker in Bordeaux in the 18th century was the founder of this estate. Chateau Ferriere was classified a third growth in 1855. The Villars family bought the vineyards and the chateau in 1988 and took over the viticulture and winemaking.
With its 10 hectares, Chateau Ferriere is one of the smallest classified growths. The vineyard is maily located in Margaux, and the soil consists of very deep gravel on limestone marl. The size of the vineyard, combined with its beautiful terroir, make Chateau Ferriere a rare and highly-valued wine.
Claire Villars Luton is responsible for the revival of this estate. Year after year, she has done her best to bring out the unique terror of Chateau Ferriere in the wine, to restore the vineyard to its original splendor, and to make it fully worth of its prestigious classification.
The temperatures recorded in 2006 were above average. The winter was cold and the deficit of water limited the development of fungal diseases. A warm and dry Spring allowed to catch up the slight delay of the budburst. Indeed the flowering was quick and uniform at the end of May. The color change was due to early Summer temperatures which were above the seasonal averages. Cooler temperatures in mid-August were made up for by good weather in September. This provided a nice end of maturation.
2006 is a classic vintage. The color is very clear and shining. Today, it has aromas of blackcurrant leaf, cherry and liquorice. The palate is dense with volume and fine tannins which need time to get supple. A long and flavoured finish.
The wine has a complex bouquet of ripe black fruits (blackcurrant and elderberry), leather, minerality, blond tobacco and slightly truffled. The attack is silky like the structure. The tannins are present, ripe and wrapped. The wine is tasty and generous. On the palate, the aromas of spices complete those of the black fruits. The whole is balanced and powerful. www.ferriere.com