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(68% CS, 27% M, 3% PV, 2% CF; 26hl/ha; 13.6% ABV; 40% new)
Lovely minerally, gravelly nose, with dense soft blackcurrant fruit, and a gently oakiness, very nice indeed; rich, vivid in acidity, finely, firmly tannic; a gently sinewy Margaux constitution, deep, sapid, vital wine, vigorous, red and black-fruit ripe, subtly mineral in aromas, spicy, complex, and with terrific length. Like the La Gurgue, not exactly polished, that’s not the aim, but not without a certain elegance, and brimming with “character.” I love the “sappy” quality here. Great proof, if it were needed, of the success of Claire Villars’ biodynamic practise. 2028–44+.
Full-bodied with layers of bark, black tea and intense blackberry and earth. Iodine, too. It’s powerful, chewy and focused. 68% cabernet, 27% merlot, 3% petite verdot and 2% cabernet franc. From biodynamically grown grapes. Demeter certification.
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.
Deep violet-edged hue. Dark fruit with cassis notes and touch of vanilla oak. Palate zesty and fresh with plenty of juice, although the oak at this stage leaves a slightly dry edge. Attractive grain of tannin. Lively, elegant and less hard-edged than in the past but the oak needs time to integrate. (JL)
The 2020 Ferrière is a powerhouse. Gravel, scorched earth, licorice, cloves, lavender and inky dark fruit saturate the palate. A virile, potent wine, Ferrière shows the more virile side of Margaux off to great effect. Readers will find a wine of tremendous gravitas. Aging is 40% in new oak, 40% in one year barrels and 20% in concrete tanks.
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
The most gorgeous violet-edged ruby colour, here there is a clear depth to the fruit and structure. Margaux typicity comes out in the floralily and striking energy in th fruit. A yield of 34hl/ha. 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Jacques Lurton has been consulting over the past few years; working with the vineyard and cellar team to help them focus on small things that make a big difference like oxygen management, and although he is no longer consulting the work has clearly paid off.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2042