Ferraton Père & Fils was established in 1946 by Jean Orëns Ferraton. His son, Michel, continued his work and added further to the range of wines. Today, Ferraton Père & Fils produces a huge range of Rhône wines from Hermitage to St-Péray, with added help from long-time friend Michel Chapoutier who, in 1998, introduced new appellations to the business, as well as creating a plot-selection approach and biodynamic practices. These changes have put Ferraton Père & Fils and winemaker Damien Brisset in the spotlight. Les Grands Mûriers is one of three Cornas wines produced. The vines are grown mainly on decomposed granite soils with the rest on clay and limestone. Gearoid Devaney MS: A classic Cornas that is brimming with ripe fruit and delicious spices. There is a beguiling blood-red meat and iron element here, and great energy and tension from the tannins. It needs time, but the finish is long. Simon Field MW: A traditional wine that is rigorous and magnificently unapproachable at present. It is tannic, firm and long; I am so pleased that this style still persists and flourishes – bravo! Matt Walls: Dense, herbal and oaky aromatics unfold elegantly onto a full-bodied, powerful and lush palate. It is full of plush fruit and muscular, thunderous power in an old-school style. There is a lot to enjoy here all the way to a long finish lengthened by fine tannins and piercing acidity.Drinking Window 2022 - 2034.
Leading off the three Cornas releases, the 2015 Cornas Les Grands Mûriers is a big, sweetly fruity beauty from multiple lieux-dits. Black cherries, currants, hot pavement, chocolate and roasted meat notions all emerge from this rounded, concentrated, sexy 2015 that has sweet tannin and a big finish. It has plenty of structure, yet it's surprisingly polished and elegant on the palate, and it going to be one of the more accessible wines in the lineup. Still, give it some time. The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? They’re made in tiny quantities and there’s just not enough to go around. For readers who don’t know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team.
Hints of crushed stone, bloody meat and blueberries mark the nose of the 2015 Cornas Les Grands Mûriers. A blend of several parcels, it's full-bodied and ripe, but it has a certain reserve to it and some dusty tannins on the long finish. After a couple of years in the cellar, it should drink well for the next decade and a half. In the interest of saving time, I tasted these wines during my visit to Chapoutier, although Ferraton is run independently, with its own winemaking team and facility. Despite being under Chapoutier ownership since 2004, the style of wine and fruit sourcing tends to be quite different, as can be seen in the accompanying reviews.(JC)
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