From the excellent 2018 vintage in Bordeaux, Château Ferrande Rouge is composed of a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, with a long period of maceration (24-28 days) to work the tannic structure and extract the luscious fruit aromas. 25% if the wine is aged in French oak barrels, with batonnage of the lees for 15 days. The resulting wine shows a deep dark red in colour with the traditional signature nose of black fruits, toasted oak and vanilla. The palate offers richness, with a smooth texture leading to silken tannins and a fresh acidity. Delightful flavours of very ripe fruit, cocoa and spices are balanced beautifully with an edge of oak and vanilla playing on a long, luscious finish. Delicious with beef bourguignon, venison or mature cheeses.
The lovely old manor house of Château Ferrande is situated in the village of Castres-Gironde and was completely rebuilt at the end of the 19th century. The Estate enjoys a long and illustrious history; there is evidence of a Roman presence in Castres in the first century BC, leading one to surmise that it was a lively location in those times, and over the years the Château has seen a succession of important owners. Amiral Delnaud was at the helm when, in 1992, the Castel family acquired the property after 16 years of property management. The unique character of the estate wines, coupled with a constant quest for quality, have put the name of Château Ferrande firmly on the world map, and allowed it to be accepted into the prestigious ‘Union des Grands Crus’. The wine-making facilities at Château Ferrande are innovation itself. From temperature controlled stainless steel vats through to specifically designed wine presses, every effort is made to preserve the perfect quality of the grapes grown with such care on the Graves terroir. After careful vinification, the reds are blended and prepared for 12 – 14 months maturing in oak barrels. To preserve their elegance, Château Ferrande wines are fined with egg white before being bottled.