Château Ferrière: Tasting & Drinking

To say the quality of the wines made at Château Ferrière has improved in recent years would be nothing short of a gross understatement; it would be more correct to say that, under the direction of Claire Villars, the standard of the wines has improved dramatically. Tasting recent vintages, they demonstrate a remarkable consistency, with so-called ‘lesser’ vintages matching closely the sort of quality attained in 2000, 2003 and 2005.

More recent vintages have perhaps given us some rather ordinary wines, with 2006, 2007 and 2008 being typical, but 2009 and 2010 were certainly a small but significant step up. In recent years these are the vintages to go for, quality being perhaps slightly ahead of that achieved in 2015 and 2016.

Château Ferrière appears to have undergone a metamorphosis; from a lacklustre wine found almost exclusively in a French restaurant chain, to a real performer, all in the space of a few decades. And in recent years the commitment of Claire Villars to her newly certified biodynamic vineyard can not be question. I see no reason, given continued guidance from Claire, why this upwards trend should not continue. (5/9/06, updated 20/12/18)

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