2010 Ferriere, Margaux
A little subdued but a lovely freshness and firmness on the palate. Full and refined. Clean finish. Balanced and pretty.
This delivers a solid beam of raspberry and cassis, with graphite and spice notes. Lightly firm through the finish, with dusty tannins hanging on the end.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(66% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, and 2% cabernet franc) Deep ruby-purple. Lovely aromas of flowers and red berries, with hints of bay leaf and marjoram. Then linear in the mouth, but with a laser-like purity and precision to the red fruit and underbrush flavors. Polished, mounting tannins coat the palate. I wonder if this isn't a bit too tannic for the amount of fruit it possesses. Only time will tell, but today I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.
With 20 acres—the smallest of the Margaux classified growths—Ferrière has produced a 2010 of considerable weight and structure. It’s dark and serious, with a solid flavor of black plum skin and dense acidity on the finish. Keep this wine for at least seven years for it to start softening.