A great Bordeaux,
Grand Cru Classé de Saint - Emilion
Wine Tourism :
stay a little longer at Chateau de Ferrand
- The unique character of a Grand Cru Classé mainly comes from its exceptional terroir: with 32 hectares of vines made up of Merlot (82%) and Cabernet franc (18%) on an estate covering 42 hectares in total, Château de Ferrand is blessed with a complex terroir of outstanding potential.
Located on the outer edge of the limestone plateau, the far end of the estate overlooks a curve in the Dordogne valley.
The soil is well drained, thanks to channels that carry away excess water, and the rising currents of air sometimes manage to divert storms away from the estate. The vineyard’s altitude and exposure provide temperatures that are slightly cooler than those in the Saint-Emilion lowlands.
- To produce wine of the highest quality, Ferrand’s terroir was mapped on a large scale (1:3000), providing a detailed profile of the variations in soil types in each plot as well as their distribution and properties. The vines are planted at altitudes ranging from 46 to 100m above sea level, making Ferrand one of the highest and best ventilated vineyards in Saint-Emilion.
The vineyard is composed of four different types of soil. They are all very different, but share one common feature: a relatively high concentration of clay. It is widely acknowledged that clay-rich soils in the Bordeaux region offer great winemaking potential.