Maison Ferraton Pere et Fils is located in the Rhone Valley in the middle of the Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. The estate was founded in 1946 by Jean Orens Ferraton. Since 1998, the property has benefited from Michel Chapoutier’s know-how. Michel is very close to the family and has helped them produce organic and biodynamic wines (ECOCERT accredited). Ferraton Pere et Fils’ philosophy is one of respect for nature and the terroir. The domain does not use chemicals, fertilisers or pesticides. Each wine highlights the diversity of the terroirs found in the Rhone Valley. Ferraton Pere et Fils are very committed to biodynamic agriculture, and the property has been Demeter certified since 2010.
A Passionate Family
Founded in 1946, Ferraton Pere et Fils began as a parcel of land that was 0.3 hectares large in Hermitage. Jean Orens Ferraton’s son, Michel, was also passionate about wine. He wanted to add depth to his father’s vineyards in the Rhone Valley appellation. Thus, he created the first Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. The first wines from Ferraton Pere et Fils were introduced to the world.
In 1998, Ferraton Pere et Fils adopted the biodynamic culture while using organic viticulture for all of their vineyards. To help make the change Michel Chapoutier, a close family friend, was brought to the team. By the year 2000, all of the vineyards raised grapes using biodynamic farming and are certified organic.
Plots and Plots: Diversification in the Rhone Valley
Ferraton et Fils is located in the Rhone Valley, and more specifically, in the Northern Rhone. Thanks to the acquisitions made early in the domain’s history by the Michel Ferraton, they own vines in Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. Their know-how has spread to other appellations as well: Cote-Rotie, Condrieu, Cornas, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu and Tavel. Due to the many different plots of land owned by Ferraton et Fils, the terroir is expressive of all of the different locations. Hence the pure expression of the terroir in every grape.
Respecting the Planet
The wines from Ferraton Pere et Fils are unique, in that they truly are an embodiment of the terroir where they grow. With the knowledge and experience of Michel Chapoutier, the domain embraced biodynamics with conviction. The objective and goals of wine growing had changed. Ferraton et Fils never want to damage the soil, and value quality over quantity.
Biodynamic methods respects life and harmony between the land, the plants, the cycle of life and life energy. The vines find balance without pesticides or chemical fertilisation. Hence their pure, true and original aromas.
Ferraton Pere et Fils: Le Meal 2010
Le Meal is a 100% Syrah and is grown from vines that are 30 years old. The plot of land is located in the Ermitage appellation. The soil is composed of pebbles and the vines are planted on the hillside of Meal. The colour is intensely ruby. On the nose, there are aromas of black fruit and hints of leather. On the palate, it is a powerful wine with masterfully integrated oak and tannins. Le Meal is a full-bodied wine that is perfect for ageing.
Ferraton Père et Fils: Le Parvis 2010
Le Parvis is grown in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation of the Rhone Valley. The grape blend is a majority of Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre. Le Parvis has a bright deep garnet colour. The nose is complex and subtle. There are aromas of sour cherries, plum, with hints of cinnamon or roasted coffee. The tannins are fine and soft. Parvis has a long finish and is expresses the terroir of Chateauneuf-du-Pape well.
Ferraton Père et Fils: Les Miaux 2014
Les Miaux is 100% Marsanne. The soil consists of a clay and limestone subsoil with a surface of rounded pebbles. Les Miaux is a bright green-gold colour with golden legs. It presents bouquets of quince, honey and pears. On the palate, there are flavours of honey, peaches, and apricots. The finish is very long, as is the aromatic persistence.