- Château Ferran
- Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
- 2020 - 2026
- Case size
Goedhuis, January 2021
This white Bordeaux is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sémillon and comes from a delightful chateau in Pessac-Leognan that was once owned by the famous French philosopher of the Enlightenment, Montesquieu. This is complex and waxy with touches of stone fruits and lime zest. Bordeaux Blanc at its best.
Neal Martin, March 2021,
The 2018 Ferran Blanc has a straightforward malic nose of apple peel and light granite aromas. The palate is well balanced with peach and orange zest on the entry, and cohesive, with a finely judged bead of acidity. I find this more sophisticated on the finish that the nose suggests. Give it 18–24 months in bottle, because this Ferran could blossom into something interesting. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink 2023-2032
Antonio Galloni, April 2019,
The 2018 Ferran Blanc offers a lovely combination of citrus, orchard fruit and lifted floral notes, with a hint of reduction that adds character. One of the more open-knit whites of the year, the Ferran Blanc will drink well right out of the gate. There is plenty to like in this inviting white from Ferran.
Wine Advocate, April 2019,
The Ferran 2018 Blanc leaps from the glass with tropical notions of pineapple and green mango with touches of fresh apricots, melon and a waft of wet pebbles. Medium-bodied, the palate has a beautiful satiny texture with a great intensity of tropical fruit and a long, racy finish.
This noble château was originally owned by Montesquieu, the famous philosopher (who was remarkably a viticulturalist as well) in the 18th century. The château, however, was given its name by Robert de Ferran, a later owner who was a parliamentary lawyer in Bordeaux. In 1999, it was purchased by the Lacoste family who invested heavily in the vineyard and chai. They took advantage of the château's soil rich limestone-clay-gravel soil to produce both a red (Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon)and white wine (Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc). The King of Bordeaux Blanc, Dénis Dubordieu, works as their consulting oenologist.
Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.