2012 Château Ferran magnums (Pessac-Léognan)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $42.94 (reg. $54.94)
The red wines of Pessac-Léognan are some of the finest in Bordeaux, offering a freshness and earthiness that instantly calls to mind the region’s gravel soils. Though top producers here are world-beaters in prestige and price, there are a great many more modest crus that savvy collectors have long looked to for a bargain.
We’ve got one right here: Château Ferran 2012 is an easy-drinking classic in magnum format, and a value buy at that. This is an ideal for the holiday season given the quality and large bottle, so grab some while you can.
If Ferran doesn’t exactly ring a bell, let us get you up to speed. It’s a small property, family-owned since 1880. The vineyard lies in the Martillac commune in the southeast of Pessac-Léognan. The commune is home to just two classified growths – Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Latour-Martillac – though it boasts a wealth of petits châteaux that can offer serious bang for one’s buck.
Ferran certainly fits that bill, though it’s also got Grand Cru credentials behind it. Consultant oenologist here was until recently the late, legendary Denis Dubourdieu. Known as “The Professor of Bordeaux”, Dubourdieu was an esteemed wine academic turned superstar consultant winemaker. Ferran may not exactly be a household name, but it was in very good company among Dubourdieu’s clients – from Pessac-Léognan neighbor Haut-Bailly to bona fide royalty in Cheval Blanc, Yquem and Margaux.
We popped one of these magnums when they recently came in stock and it's fresh, approachable wine that's ready to give immediate pleasure. No need to overthink this one, it’s not a Vin de Garde, but rather one to be enjoyed among friends and family, simply a wine to put a smile on your face.
Perhaps best of all is the price. A single bottle of 2012 Ferran averages $30, but we’ve got magnums at just $42.94. The savings are clear, and that allows you to stock up on this one guilt-free in time for the holidays. Pessac in magnums from a fifth-generation family producer rarely comes this tasty or this cheap, so snap it up. Cheers!