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FERRATON PERE ET FILS

LVT 2017 r 2017 wh 2016 rosé Since 2006 this domaine has been wholly owned by Chapoutier, although the vinification is in separate premises, whose installations were all updated and modernised in the early 2010s. It is a domaine that worked in conjunction with Chapoutier since 1998, half of the venture selling single vineyard wines, half selling merchant wines. The Ferraton family has vineyards at Hermitage on the easterly sites like Diognières, but also prime 1960s Syrah on Le Méal. The domaine vineyards are mainly cultivated biodynamically. Winemaking methods have been eased off since the arrival of the oenologue Damien Bresset in 2008, a good thing, and the wines are now more interesting and more refined, and generally underestimated. Oaking has been cut back, too.

The Les Oliviers white from St-Joseph needs four years to settle its oak but is a rich, gourmand wine in shape and consistent in quality. There are now three Lieu-Dit Saint-Joseph reds - Paradis, Saint-Joseph and Bonneveau, all of which are good and admirably true to their terroir, with the 2016 St Jo Lieu-Dit Bonneveau a ****(*) STGT wine, and the 2016 St Paradis a **** STGT wine; since 2012, their existence has robbed the regular Saint-Joseph La Source red of its heart, however. Since 2015 there has been a good Tavel rosé called Les Lauses.

From the big 2015 vintage, it is worth noting the Hermitage reds - Le Méal a classy STGT ****** wine, the Dionnières an inky Pinot-esque *****, and the Les Miaux an authentic, STGT **** wine. In 2016 both Le Méal a ***** STGT again, and Dionnières a ****(*) velvet wine, were convincing performers.

Ferraton have also moved into Cornas in recent years, now offering three, a classic, pretty basic, fruited blend called Les Grands Muriers, and two plot-specific wines, Les Eygats from the north of the appellation, and Patou from the south. The 2017 Patou was a ****(*) STGT wine

Damien Brisset, Chapoutier, Patrick Rigoulet 13 rue de la Sizeranne 26600 Tain l'Hermitage

Tel: +33(0)475 08 59 51

http://www.ferraton.fr

ferraton@ferraton.fr

Countries exported to:1) USA 2) Europe

Percentage Exported: 60%

British Importers: The Wine Society Stevenage SG1 2BT +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Averys Wine Merchants 9 Culver Street Bristol BS1 5LD +44(0)117 921 4146 www.averys.com Laithwaite's Wine One Waterside Drive Arlington Business Park Theale Berkshire RG7 4SW +44(0)3330 148 168 www.laithwaites.co.uk Amathus Drinks 17-19 Central Avenue Leadenhall Market London EC3V 1LR +44(0)207 283 0638 www.amathusdrinks.com city@amathusdrinks.com Ellis of Richmond (Crozes-Hermitage Matiniere only) Richmond House 1 The links Popham Close Hanworth TW13 6JE +44(0)208 744 5550 www.ellisofrichmond.co.uk info@ellis-wines.co.uk

USA Importers: Sera Wine Imports 884 Arthursville Road Hartly DE 19953 +1646 630 4540 www.serawine.com info@sera-wines.com ex-importer, now distributor Baron Francois Ltd 236 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001 +1212 924 1414 intern@baronfrancois.com www.baronfrancois.com