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Scorching 2015s From One The Northern Rhône’s Hottest Producers - Ferraton - 03/02/2017 - Rhone Valley

In extolling the virtues of the “sensational” 2015 Northern Rhône vintage, Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate advises that it “should not be missed by any Rhône lover out there.” This is a bold assessment and one that holds more than true for the wines of Ferraton Pere et Fils. Dunnuck goes on to call Ferraton’s 2015s the “easily the finest” he’s ever had, which when you consider Ferraton’s long and illustrious record, this is no small praise. With scores ranging from 92 all the way to 97, the pre-arrival offerings featured below are among the cream of the crop of the 2015 vintage and are sure to delight any fan of wines of power, structure, concentration, and depth. Given the over the moon critical reception and very approachable pre-arrival prices it is safe to say these wines will sell at a vigorous clip, so you’ll want to act quickly to secure your bottles.

The young winemaking team at Ferraton has been making tremendous strides in recent years, so it should come as little surprise that they were able to capitalize on the success of the 2015 vintage as well as they did. The entire portfolio from the appellation designates to the single vineyard bottlings were all crafted in such a way as to highlight the best elements of the vintage. While many will be ready to drink in the near team, these 2015s are sure to reward those who cellar them over the next 10, 20, even 30 years. With the combination of a top-notch producer, a sensational vintage, and high points these 2015s won’t be around long.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Eygats" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 97 78 $49.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Patou" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 97 73 $44.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "L'Eglantine" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 96 >100 $54.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Montmain" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 96 85 $59.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Dionnieres" Hermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival) 96 32 $69.99 View
2015 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Le Reverdy" Hermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival) 96 24 $69.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Grands Muriers" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 98 >100 $39.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Miaux" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 95 >100 $54.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Source" St-Joseph (Pre-Arrival) 94 >100 $22.99 View
2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Calendes" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 94 >100 $22.99 View
2015 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Le Grand Courtil" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) 94 84 $29.99 View


2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Eygats" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From the northern part of the appellation and brought up in 15% new French oak, the 2015 Cornas Lieu Dit Les Eygats gives up more complex notes of campfire and liquid rock, as well as loads of black raspberry, toasted spice and leather. Gorgeously pure, layered and sexy, with perfect balance, it's a blockbuster Cornas that shows how utterly sensational this vintage is. It needs 3-4 years of cellaring but is a profound effort that will keep for two decades. Dont miss it.The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? Theyre made in tiny quantities and theres just not enough to go around. For readers who dont know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team." (01/2018)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cornas Lieu Dit Les Eygats comes from a terrific vineyard located in the northern portion of the appellation and will see 14 months in 15% new barrels. It has a liqueur of rocks-like minerality as well as layers of blueberries, currants, peppery herbs, graphite and licorice. Full-bodied, incredibly concentrated and stacked on the palate, with a finish that wont quit, I just hope it shows this well from bottle! The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

90-92 points Vinous: "(made with 15 percent whole clusters) Bright purple. Powerful dark berry and licorice aromas, along with floral and smoky mineral flourishes. Broad and seamless on the palate, offering sweet cassis and blueberry flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Smoothly plays richness off energy and finishes very long and sappy, with mounting tannins and a touch of smokiness." (04/2017)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Patou" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Last of the Cornas releases, the 2015 Cornas Lieu Dit Patou sports an inky purple color to go with notions of liquid violets, blackberries, blueberries, toasted bread and freshly crushed rocks. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, pure and impeccably balanced, its a tour de force from this appellation. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "L'Eglantine" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The team at Ferraton makes two Côte Rôties, both of which are brilliant examples of the quality now coming from this estate. The slightly larger production cuvée is the 2015 Côte Rôtie lEglantine, which comes from schist soils and is aged in older barrels. It offers a perfumed, Asian spice, dried flower, graphite, and red and black fruit-driven bouquet, as well as full-bodied richness and ultra-fine tannin. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Montmain" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The team at Ferraton makes two Côte Rôties, both of which are brilliant examples of the quality now coming from this estate. Slightly more expensive than the lEglantine, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Lieu Dit Montmain (100% Syrah aged in 15% new French oak) is also full-bodied and impressively concentrated, with notes of acacia flowers, toasted spices, black raspberries and brioche. It has fabulous tannin quality, no hard edges and a big finish, all suggesting it will have a long life. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

91-93 points Vinous: "(15 percent whole clusters) Inky ruby. Vibrant and focused on the nose, displaying intense red and dark berry, potpourri and Asian spice scents and deeper suggestions of licorice and olive that build with air. In an energetic style, especially for the vintage, offering juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that flesh out and become sweeter on the back half. Fine-grained tannins frame and shape the finish, which lingers with strong, floral-driven persistence." (04/2017)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Dionnieres" Hermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Smoked earth, blueberries, blackberries, graphite and huge minerality all emerge from the 2015 Ermitage Les Dionnières, which comes from older vines planted on the eastern/lower section of Hermitage, in more sedimentary soils. It saw a touch stems and 20% new oak. Full-bodied, concentrated, stacked and packed, with sweet, building tannin, forget bottles for 4-6 years and enjoy over the following two+ decades.The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? Theyre made in tiny quantities and theres just not enough to go around. For readers who dont know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team." (01/2018)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Ermitage Les Dionnieres saw the same élevage as the Le Méal and has huge, unctuous aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, black currants, framboise, crushed rocks and graphite. Coming from a site located on the eastern edge of the appellation, it has a huge mid-palate, integrated acidity and the sweet, sweet tannin thats common in the vintage. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

94 points Vinous: "Brilliant violet. Vibrant, sharply focused black and blue fruit scents are complicated by exotic spice, olive paste and mineral notes. Sweet and precise on the palate, showing energetic lift to concentrated blueberry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that show a surprisingly delicate touch for their power. Picks up a smoky quality with air and finishes sweet, supple and impressively long; discreet tannins add shape and gentle grip. (JR)" (04/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This is packed with warm fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture notes, supported by commensurate graphite and warm charcoal accents. Best from 2020 through 2032." (12/2017)

2015 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Le Reverdy" Hermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More backward, concentrated and closed, yet just loaded with potential, the 2015 Ermitage Le Reverdy isI suspect the finest white Ive tasted from this estate. Coming from the Beaume and le Méal lieux-dits and an even split of Marsanne and Roussanne, brought up in a mix of stainless steel and demi-muids, it has full-bodied richness, a liqueur of rocks-like aromatic profile, integrated acidity and sensational purity. It will have two decades or more of life. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team." (12/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Rich yet refined, with creamed yellow apple, white peach and melon flavors supported by bright honeysuckle, chamomile and acacia notes. Lush and rounded along the edges, but with an inner freshness that carries this easily through the finish. Marsanne and Roussanne. Drink now through 2022." (02/2018)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Grands Muriers" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

98 points Decanter: "Ferraton Père & Fils was established in 1946 by Jean Orëns Ferraton. His son, Michel, continued his work and added further to the range of wines. Today, Ferraton Père & Fils produces a huge range of Rhône wines from Hermitage to St-Péray, with added help from long-time friend Michel Chapoutier who, in 1998, introduced new appellations to the business, as well as creating a plot-selection approach and biodynamic practices. These changes have put Ferraton Père & Fils and winemaker Damien Brisset in the spotlight. Les Grands Mûriers is one of three Cornas wines produced. The vines are grown mainly on decomposed granite soils with the rest on clay and limestone. Gearoid Devaney MS: A classic Cornas that is brimming with ripe fruit and delicious spices. There is a beguiling blood-red meat and iron element here, and great energy and tension from the tannins. It needs time, but the finish is long. Simon Field MW: A traditional wine that is rigorous and magnificently unapproachable at present. It is tannic, firm and long; I am so pleased that this style still persists and flourishes bravo! Matt Walls: Dense, herbal and oaky aromatics unfold elegantly onto a full-bodied, powerful and lush palate. It is full of plush fruit and muscular, thunderous power in an old-school style. There is a lot to enjoy here all the way to a long finish lengthened by fine tannins and piercing acidity.Drinking Window 2022 - 2034." (10/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Leading off the three Cornas releases, the 2015 Cornas Les Grands Mûriers is a big, sweetly fruity beauty from multiple lieux-dits. Black cherries, currants, hot pavement, chocolate and roasted meat notions all emerge from this rounded, concentrated, sexy 2015 that has sweet tannin and a big finish. It has plenty of structure, yet it's surprisingly polished and elegant on the palate, and it going to be one of the more accessible wines in the lineup. Still, give it some time.The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? Theyre made in tiny quantities and theres just not enough to go around. For readers who dont know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team." (01/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Hints of crushed stone, bloody meat and blueberries mark the nose of the 2015 Cornas Les Grands Mûriers. A blend of several parcels, it's full-bodied and ripe, but it has a certain reserve to it and some dusty tannins on the long finish. After a couple of years in the cellar, it should drink well for the next decade and a half. In the interest of saving time, I tasted these wines during my visit to Chapoutier, although Ferraton is run independently, with its own winemaking team and facility. Despite being under Chapoutier ownership since 2004, the style of wine and fruit sourcing tends to be quite different, as can be seen in the accompanying reviews.(JC)" (12/2017)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Miaux" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Notes of powdered rocks, graphite, caramelized meats and both cassis and black raspberry emerge from the 2015 Hermitage Les Miaux. This rich, low-acid, chewy, downright decadent Hermitage is another huge success from this estate. Its going to need a few years of bottle age, yet I suspect the sweetness of fruit will allow it to drink nicely relatively early in its life. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

91-93 points Vinous: "Bright purple. Spice-tinged blueberry, licorice and floral pastille aromas are complicated by suggestions of woodsmoke and dusty minerals. Chewy and concentrated on the palate, offering intense flavors of ripe black and blue fruits, olive and star anise. Smoothly plays richness off vivacity, finishing with impressive energy and supple, slow-building tannins that add gentle grip. (JR)" (04/2017)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Source" St-Joseph (Pre-Arrival) ($22.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another huge, sexy wine is the 2015 St Joseph La Source, which at this quality, sells for a song. Black raspberries, cassis, red currants, licorice and graphite all emerge from this full-bodied beauty that has sweet tannin and a stacked mid-palate. It will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and drink well for over a decade. Twenty-eight bucks? More please. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

90-92 points Vinous: "(raised in 80 percent concrete tanks and 20 percent new and used barriques) Dark purple. Mineral-accented black and blue fruits, licorice and Indian spices on the fragrant nose. Juicy and broad on the palate, offering appealingly sweet cassis and boysenberry flavors, a suggestion of bitter chocolate and building spiciness. Lingers with very good tenacity on the finish, which is shaped by dusty, even tannins." (04/2017)

2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Calendes" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($22.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better than the La Matiniere cuvée, the 2015 Crozes Hermitage Les Calendes (100% Syrah, destemmed and aged in concrete) offers lots of graphite and minerality, as well as full-bodied richness, a thick, unctuous texture, present tannin and a great finish. Again, the value here is about as good as it gets. At the moment, all of the Crozes Hermitage releases share a lot of similarities, but Im sure theyll show more singular characters with additional time in barrel. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

90-92 points Vinous: "Bright ruby. Assertively perfumed aromas of raspberry, cherry pit, licorice and woodsmoke, lifted by a spicy hint of white pepper. Sappy and expansive in the mouth, offering ripe red and dark berry and violet pastille flavors that put on weight with air. The lively, smoke-tinged, persistent finish shows resonating spiciness, sneaky tannins and a whiplash of sweet red fruit." (04/2017)

2015 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Le Grand Courtil" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) ($29.99)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming from a single vineyard of gravelly, sandy soils near Mercurol, the 2015 Crozes Ermitage Le Grand Courtil is another killer wine. Blackberries, black raspberries, cassis, crushed herbs and gravelly, mineral notes all give way to a full-bodied, ripe, concentrated Crozes that shines for its purity and balance. Forget bottles for 3-4 years and drink it over the following decade.The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? Theyre made in tiny quantities and theres just not enough to go around. For readers who dont know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team." (01/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most expensive Crozes release is the 2015 Crozes Hermitage Le Grand Courtil, which comes from a single parcel of sedimentary soils and is raised in 15% new barrels. Its another locked and loaded Crozes that has tons of fruit, a deep, saturated purple color, good acidity and ripe, sweet tannin. At the moment, all of the Crozes Hermitage releases share a lot of similarities, but Im sure theyll show more singular characters with additional time in barrel. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)