Chateau Saint Ferréol
The history of the Chateau of Saint Ferréol dates back to 822. Located in the Herault valley of the Languedoc region of Southern France. Wine has been produced at the Chateau, formerly a Priory since records began in 1146. In 1988 Chateau Saint Ferreol was one of only 3 Coteaux de Languedioc vineyards listed in Sotheby’s guide to fine wines.
We are taking a quality-focused approach to produce classical fine wines employing up to date as well as highly traditional wine making techniques.
Chateau Saint Ferréol is located in the midst of Coteaux de Languedoc, surrounded by hilly terrain that is largely AOC and bordered by the river Boyne. The surrounding vineyards contain a diverse mix of traditional and non-traditional Languedoc grape varieties. Red varieties dominate with the traditional Syrah, Grenache Noir, Cinsault and Mourvedre as well as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The white grape varieties are Clairette, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Muscat. Careful selection of the grapes and timing of harvesting for production of wine at Chateau Saint Ferréol are critical to producing exceptional wines
At Chateau Saint Ferréol our overriding aim is to create classical, top quality wine. The underground cathedral like cellar maintains the perfect temperature year round to both age and store wines.Renovation is an ongoing process. The winery now has modern equipment to facilitate the production of high quality wine but mastery of traditional methodology is crucial to create classical & elegant complex flavours.
We have commenced wine production with a barrel fermented Viognier. Luscious pale straw colour, with complex aroma and flavour of dried apricots, peach skin and honeysuckle. Delicious wine on it's own or with fish, poultry and pork but also compliments spicy dishes such as Thai and Indian curries. perfect choice to accompany the Xmas Turkey! 2007 Vintage cellaring potential 6-7 years.
Our AOC Syrah Grenache was aged in French & American oak barrels. A deep burgundy colour with an aroma & taste of blackcurrants, blackberries and prune with a hint of vanilla. 2006 Vintage cellaring potential 6-7 years.
Saturday, 1 November 2008 Anthony Rose
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Château Saint Ferreol (France) Viognier 2006
Most attempts by winemakers around the world to emulate the great Viognier wines of Condrieu have failed miserably in my opinion. Even in Condrieu and other appellations of the northern Rhône, many Viognier producers cannot avoid a certain flabbiness that can make 'serious' Viognier wines tiring to taste, let alone drink. This Languedoc-Roussillon wine is an absolute star however, and I would put my neck on the line and say possibly the best Viognier I have tasted outside of Condrieu - indeed one of the best full stop. It is a fantastically aromatic example that moves this variety up to another plane. The nose has masses of herbs and downy peach skins, little floral notes, and lots of exotic tamarind and lychee. The palate has lovely grapefruity tang, with freshness allied to a little vanilla smoothness and weight. A great Viognier.
Simon Field MW October 2008
"A really exciting find; a Southern French Viognier that tastes just like a Condrieu, without, merci Dieu, the Condrieu price tag. Made in the enclave of Nizas, close to Montpellier and fermented and matured in a significant majority of oak, this is a terrific wine. The Viognier roll-call of dried apricot, peach kernel and honeysuckle is present and correct. The texture is suitably rich and hedonistic, but there is an impressive mineral grip at the back which effortlessly propels the wine into the highest quality echelons."
Jamie Goode MW February 2008
Domaine St Ferreol Viognier 2006 Vin de Pays d'Oc, France
Very impressed by tonight's wine, a Viognier from the South of France. It wasn't so long ago that Viognier was a rarity. Now it seems everyone is growing it, especially in the Languedoc. Growing Viognier is one thing; doing it well is another matter - but Anna and Jorje Maslakiewicz seem to have got it just right. Their success has come by skill and hard work: they identified the style they wanted to make, took great care in the vineyard and cellar, and then benchmarked their wine against other Viogniers until they were sure they'd got it right. The results are impressive.Lovely stuff. Beautifully aromatic nose with tangerine peel, apricot, honey and vanilla notes. The palate has a lovely texture and great balance, with bright fruit, a hint of sweetness and a rich texture. Rich but not too rich, this is the qualitative equal of a good Condrieu. 90/100