2009 Château Ferrière
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $39.94 (reg. $54.94)
Classified growth 2009 Bordeaux under $40? You bet! The 2009 Ferrière is a silky, stylish and decadent Margaux priced at a fraction of the appellation’s big names and today we have it for the best price around by nearly $10 per bottle!
As Châteaux Margaux and Palmer dominate the critics’ attention, smaller Margaux estates are so often overlooked – and underpriced. Classified growths in the Médoc don’t come any smaller than Ferrière, a third growth with just 12 hectares under vine and a tiny production to match.
With Claire Villars-Lurton at the helm, Ferriere has seen a qualitative transformation as of late. Per Chris Kissack, “to say the quality of Ferrière has improved in recent years would be nothing short of a gross understatement; under Claire Villar's direction, the standard of the wines has improved dramatically.”
Despite such vast improvements, Ferrière continues to fly under the radar and remains very modestly priced for its pedigree. This 2009 comes in at under $40, which is seriously rare for Grand Cru Classé Margaux in any vintage, let alone 2009.
Robert Parker calls 2009 “the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982, of which it is a modern-day version, but greatly improved.” Wine Spectator and Vinous both award Bordeaux 2009 with 97 points, the former hailing the vintage’s “lush, rich and beautifully polished reds.” Per Vinous, it’s “an exceptional vintage across the board.”
No surprise, then, that 2009s don’t come cheap, certainly not in Margaux with many of the appellation’s classified growths hitting triple figures. Savvy Bordeaux buyers will find considerable value in Ferrière!
For Bordeaux buyers who appreciate everything about 2009 but the price, this is a smart buy indeed. They didn’t make much of this, and we have even less, so grab some while you can. Cheers!