Stunning value here from Ferraton who are storming the wine world at present. Dense, appealing nose, ginger, star anise, melon, citrus and jasmine. Smooth, medium body with a mealy, mineral, flinty, grippy finish. Brilliant alone or with white meats / seafood. Drink now – 2015.
Hamish Orr-Ewing, Private Account Manager
This relatively junior cuvée, made of 100% Marsanne, has always stood out at tastings. It has a classic gunflint nose (typical of granite soils) then a richly textured palate with notes of citrus fruit, nectarine and spring flowers to the fore.
Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer
Ferraton is owned by Chapoutier, but run as an autonomous entity. For a long time it seemed to underperform, almost as if shocked in the headlights of the energetic charisma of its benefactor. The potential of the vineyards, some of which are located on the very best sites on the Hill of Hermitage, has never been disputed. Now, with Bordelais winemaker Damien Brisset firmly in control, one begins to see, at last, the realisation of potential. I am pleased to have ‘stuck with’ them over the years, as the maturing vintages seldom fail to please and the quality of the current vintage gets better and better.
The 2011 St.-Joseph La Source Blanc tastes like pure Marsanne. Excellent citrus, tangerine, honeysuckle and wet stone/pebble notes emerge from this lovely, medium-bodied, well-made white.
The quality of Ferraton’s wines has been increasing with nearly every new vintage thanks to the efforts of Michel Chapoutier and his number one assistant, P.H. Morel, who has the responsibilities for these wines. I have included a few Southern Rhones that were not reviewed in Issue #203. Some of the 2011 white wines are in bottle, but the more serious cuvees are still in barrel. Ferraton produced four lieu-dit offerings in 2011, which I tasted with Michel Chapoutier and Pierre-Henri Morel.
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #204, Dec 2012