Chateau de Ferrand Saint Emilion Grand Cru '06 Magnum, 2006
The wines from the Saint-Emilion area in Bordeaux are appreciated by lovers worldwide for their finesse and elegance. On the calcareous clay soils of this domain the Merlot grape dominates, which is supplemented by a small proportion of Cabernet Franc grapes in Cuvée. The Lambert family attaches great importance to a careful, traditional ageing in oak barrels (about 18-24 months), so their wines never show an intrusive or superficial "wood tone".
The 2006 vintage presents itself full-bodied and rich, a supple red wine with a rich bouquet of blackcurrant, ripe strawberries backed by fine, spicy aromas. The initial taste on the palate offers a firm but supple backbone, predominated by fruitiness, with tight, flavoursome tannins. The finish benefits from splendid, long-lasting aromas. An interesting fact about this Grand Cru wine, it is from the estate of the late Baron Bich - of Bic pens fame. Also, Chateau Ferrand is only sold when ready for drinking yet, while it is drinking well now it could mature further.
|Alcohol % by Vol.||14.0%|
|Style||Red - Medium-bodied|
|Grape Type(s)||Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon|
Chateau de Ferrand
Led by Thomas Guibert, oenologist and agronomist, the Ferrand team consists of winegrowers that have worked at the property for years and developed a great knowledge and affinity with their vineyards and winemaking processes.
The wine regions of Bordeaux are a large number of wine growing areas, differing widely in size and sometimes overlapping, which lie within the overarching wine region of Bordeaux, centred on the city of Bordeaux and covering the whole area of the Gironde department of Aquitaine.
The Bordeaux region is naturally divided by the Gironde Estuary into a Left Bank area which includes the Médoc and Graves and a Right Bank area which includes the Libournais, Bourg and Blaye. The Médoc is itself divided into Haut-Médoc (the upstream or southern portion) and Bas-Médoc (the downstream or northern portion, often referred to simply as "Médoc").
There are various sub-regions within the Haut-Médoc, including St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St.-Julien and Margaux and the less well known areas of AOC Moulis and Listrac. Graves includes the sub-regions of Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes (among others), and Sauternes in turn includes the sub-region of Barsac. The Libournais includes the sub-regions of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol (among others). There is an additional wine region of Entre-Deux-Mers, so called because it lies between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, which combine to form the Gironde. This region contains several less well known sweet wine areas of Cadillac and St. Croix de Mont.
All of these regions (except the Libournais) have their own appellation and are governed by Appellation d'origine contrôlée laws which dictate the permissible grape varieties, alcohol level, methods of pruning and picking, density of planting and appropriate yields as well as various winemaking techniques. Bordeaux wine labels will usually include the region on the front if all the grapes have been harvested in a specific region and the wine otherwise complies with the AOC requirements. There are about 50 AOCs applicable to the Bordeaux region.
Both red and white Bordeaux wines are almost invariably blended. The permissible grape varieties in red Bordeaux are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. While wine making styles vary, a general rule of thumb is that the Left Bank is predominately Cabernet Sauvignon based with the Right Bank being more Merlot based. The Graves area produces both red wine (from the grapes previously mentioned) and white wine from the Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes. The area of Sauternes (including Barsac) is known for its botrytized dessert wines.
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