As a loyal and passionate Syrah fan, the Rhone Valley is one of my favorite region and the wines of Ferraton Père & Fils are often my go to wines for everyday drinking. They deliver wonderful high quality Rhone wines, some at incredible values. We will explore two different styles of wine from two distinct appellations, Crozes Hermitage and Côte du Rhône.
Ferraton Père & Fils is one the finest producer of Rhone wines. It was founded in 1946 by Jean Orëns Ferraton with a small plot of land in the center of Hermitage. His son Michel grew the estate with the purchase of additional land in Hermitage, Crozes Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. Today Ferraton Père & Fils is owned by M. Chapoutier but run independently by the highly esteemed oenologist Damien Brisset.
Having many plots of land throughout the premier northern Rhone appellations, the wines are all unique and expressive of their individual terroirs. With Michel Chapoutier’s knowledge and experience, Ferraton Père & Fils wines are highly regarded in the Rhone Valley. Since 2015 they are certified biodynamic though they have been farming organically since 1998. Their wines are known for their freshness and juiciness. The Ferraton Père & Fils portfolio consists of wines that offer great value as well as some highly sought after limited production single vineyard wines.
The wines samples are from the 2015 vintage. For the Rhone Valley the 2015 vintage was an exceptional year, for both the north and the South. Many winemakers have hailed 2015 as the “power vintage”. It produced some remarkably healthy crops as conditions were just right. Characterized by warm sunny days, moderate rains, and an exceptionally long dry growing season.
This Crozes Hermitage is an excellent wine. The grapes come from the terraces of glacial alluvial soils. It is a solid classic Northern Rhone wine, a wonderful expression of what a Rhone Syrah should embody. Mid weight on the palate the wine exudes classic Rhone characteristic with black pepper, raspberry, blackcurrant, mocha and a smooth savory finish. The wine is elegant, fresh, pure and balanced and will drink well for the next 5-7 years. A great value at $23.
This medium bodied wine with deep purple hues is a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. The grapes come from vineyards on the left bank of the Rhone River with alluvial and gravelly soils. The wine is firm and tight and exhibits loads of ripe fruit, blackberries, blueberries, nutmeg and savory olive notes. The wine is fresh with racy acidity. Another great wine for the price.
These two Rhone wines are solid wines with classic expressions of their appellation. The Crozes Hermitage drinks more like it’s expensive Rhone counterparts. Consistently over delivering on the quality, Ferraton Pere & Fils is an estate that deserves serious consideration.
Thank you Creative Palate for these lovely samples.