Southern crus and communes from Lancié to Tarare
By Michael Edwards
This Guide was last updated on 26 April 2011
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Address: 31 Rue Maréchal Foch,
Tel: 04 74 06 47 60
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 46:6:44N (46.11220) Longitude: 4:43:56E (4.73209)
This medium-sized firm, both vineyard proprietors and merchants with exclusivities for some top estates, represents the best of tradition in the Beaujolais. The much loved Pierre Ferraud died in 2008, but his sons (the eigth generation of the family), the outgoing Yves-Dominique and his elder brother Jean-Michel, run the house with great flair. The Ferrauds don’t want to be giants but to live on as craftsmen ministering to good French taste and the best restaurants and delicatessens in France, Europe and beyond; they are one of the very few négociants to age their Beaujolais Crus in large 100-year old oak casks so that the wines may best express the special flavour of their particular origins. Just how individual these wines are, is illustrated in a tasting of the range: a salmon/brick savoury rosé from Bully in the Bas-Beaujolais; the family’s own Domaine le Chavel (Vaux), a Beaujolais Villages of deep ruby colour and aromatic flavours of flowers and little red fruits; Côte de Brouilly Domaine Rolland, violets in the glass, a wine of elegant intensity; Juliénas Les Ravinets packing an iron-like punch; Morgon Les Charmes (belonging to Dominique’s mother) a more complex wine with a cherry-like Burgundian depth, needing more time. Ferraud’s rising reputation for its white Mâconnais wines is also based on family connections in the best vineyards of Fuissé: their Mâcon- Fuissé, a lovely wine of mineral crispness and generous fruit, is exceptional value. Jean-Michel runs meticulously organised visits to the house for small and large numbers, which last for one and a half to two hours The visits finish with a comparative tasting and, if required, a Machon Beaujolais (buffet lunch) for groups, composed of various charcuterie, a tranche of pâté en croûte, saucissons and grattons Lyonnais.
Useful information: Guided tours and tastings each day by prior arrangement – a small charge is made.
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