A beautiful Crozes-Hermitage from Ferraton. Wonderfully elegant, but still retaining the intensity of fruit and gamey, meaty notes that the region is famed for.
100% Syrah. Farmed from terraces of glacial alluvial deposits with a lot of round pebbles, stones and gravel in the districts of Mercurol and Beaumont-Monteux. Grapes are destemmed. Maceration for about 20 days. Extraction made by pumping over and punching down. Matured in oak barrels and vats for 12 months before bottling.
Intense cherry-red colour. The nose shows red berries and blackcurrants. Quite aromatic on the palate with ripe red fruits and violet notes. A rounded mouthfeel with smooth tannins on the finish.
The beginning of the story starts in the sun-drenched hills of the Rhone Valley, in 1946. Jean Orëns Ferraton established vineyards throughout the Rhone, producing table wines and Cotes du Rhone blends. His son Michel inherited his passion, and after inheriting the Maison, took it in a new direction. Michel's focus was on the northern Rhone appellations of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. Through aquisition of vineyards in these regions, Ferraton Pere et Fils began to produce wines of quality and distinction. They enlisted the help of close friend and 'Rhone Royalty,' Michel Chapoutier, who brought his experience and know-how to the operation. Then in 1998, the vineyards were converted to organic viticulture. Today, the Maison is run by Samuel Ferraton, the fourth generation of the family. Samuel is very much an artisan winemaker, although he still uses some modern techniques that he has learned through working with the Chapoutiers. Consequently, the wines are a marvellous marriage of the old and the new, displaying good structure and well-defined fruit characters, allied with very judicious and limited use of new oak. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Earthy, fresh mushrooms and blackberries with a swathe of bright, ripe, red plums and cherries on the palate. Crunchy. Drink now.'
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
Forward and fruity, the 2016 Crozes Hermitage La Matinière blends cherries with hints of tar and black olive. Medium-bodied, it boasts silky tannins and a long finish. Drink it over the next 5 years.'
RICHARD HEMMING MW - JANCISROBINSON.COM
Succulent black cherry fruit, toast, meat and violets - this has loads of expressive perfume. Well-balanced tannin and acid on the palate, and long persistence. Despite the extravagance of the nose, it retains a sense of subtlety through the finish.' 16 / 20 Points