Chateau Ferrande Graves Bordeaux 2018

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  • Evidence shows that what we know of as Chateau Ferrande today was first planted by the ancient Romans
  • Sourced entirely from an 84 hectare vineyard
  • The terroir is sand, rocks, gravel and clay soils.
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    $50.00
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  • James Suckling
    91 points
  • Wine Enthusiast
    92 points

Editors notes

The wines are aged in an average of 20% new, French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months before bottling. Chateau Ferrande can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

The wine has a bouquet of boysenberries, blueberries, black currants, licorice, truffles. An abundance of intensity and complexity here, with layers of fruit and richness. The fruit is supported by great tannin and acid.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blueberry
    • Boysenberry
    • Herbal
  • Palate
    • Blue Fruits
    • Cassis
    • Graphite

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Suckling

    91
    "Aromas of dark berries, bitter chocolate, black tea and walnuts. Oyster shell and meat, too. It’s medium-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. Sleek and juicy. Try from 2023."
  • Wine Enthusiast

    92
    "From one of the best-performing estates in the Graves appellation, this wine has rich tannins as well as dense black-currant fruits. It is a solid, dark and likely long-lived wine. Drink from 2022. RV"

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Locations

France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux produces some of the most highly sought after and revered wines in the world. Located close to the coast, in the south-west of France the town and is divided by the Gironde River. Wines to the west of the river are referred to as left bank, and are Cabernet dominant. To the East of the river, on the right bank Merlot is the dominant grape variety. Throughout the 57 appellations, over 10,000 wine-making châteaux grow the red grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. These are commonly blended and collectively referred to as clarets. Smaller amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is also grown in Bordeaux.

In 1855, due to the high export demands of Bordeaux wines, Emporer Napoleon III requested an official Bordeaux classification system, based on market costs of the wines at the time. The Chateaux were classified in to five ‘growths’ from first growth to fifth growth and cru Bourgois. Also in 1855 The Sauternes and Barsac classification covered the sweeter wines, with Chateau d’Yquem the only Superior First Growth, followed by Premiers Crus and Deux Deuxièmes Crus.

Graves

Graves is a large appellation for both white and red wines in Bordeaux, France. It sits south of the city of Bordeaux, bordered by the Garonne River to the east and the Landes forest to the west. It is also Bordeaux’s oldest viticultural zone, with grapegrowing dating back as far as the Middle Ages. The appellation takes its name from the gravelly soils that dominate vineyards here. Graves makes dry white wines from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. These wines are citrusy, fruity, and floral, with some nutty notes and a hint of minerality, and they can gain both body and refinement with age. For red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary grape variety, and there are plantings of Merlot, too. These reds boast floral and spicy aromas and rich flavours of blackberry. Premium examples can be impressive expressions, with ageing potential of five to 15 years.

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About the brand Chateau Ferrande

The large 90 hectare vineyard of Chateau Ferrande is planted for both red wine grapes and white wine grapes. 84 Hectares of vines are used for red wine grapes, which are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. 6 hectares of vines are reserved for white wine grape varieties, which are planted to an even split of 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc.

The terroir is sand, rocks, gravel and clay soils. The newer plantings in the vineyards are done at a higher level of vine density of 9,000 vines per hectare. On average, the vines are roughly 30 years of age. During harvest, the red wine grapes are picked by machine. However, the white wine grapes are harvested by hand.

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