A Rose by Any Other Name ~ Rosé
- HEART OF THE DEAL ~ THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statements
- I can’t make up their history
- Nor am I to try
- SCIENCE ~ WINEMAKING
- SOUL ~ SAMPLE
- My tasting notes
- Imported from Sera Wine Imports, New York, NY
HEART ~ Ferraton Family
“Domaine Ferraton Père & Fils ~ The land and the people who tend it share the same history; a history which grows from generation to generation. At the origin it was one man named Jean Orëns Ferraton. He was a vigneron, and son of a vigneron. A region basked in sun, the Rhône Valley. It was 1946. The story begins…
“Michel, his son, inherited the same passion. He decided to give a new dimension to his father’s vineyards. The first Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph Ferraton were brought into the world. A close friend of the Ferratons,’ Michel Chapoutier brought his know-how. In 1998, the vineyards were converted to organic viticulture, then certified. Before embracing the culture of bio-dynamics. An audacious step, for innovative and strong perspectives.
“Twenty percent of Ferraton production is estate wines. All are biodynamic and, since 2015, Demeter-certified, with fruit coming from the domaine’s 37 acres of prime vineyards in the northern Rhône’s Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, and St. Joseph appellations.”
SCIENCE ~ Terroir
The cornerstone: the estate of Ferraton Père & Fils has supported the winery and its cellars. The winery owns vineyards in the appellations of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph.
Their know-how has passed to other renowned terroirs of which the harvest is vinified and aged: Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Cornas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu and Tavel.
Of all these wines, the Single Vineyard Selections act as the quintessence, creating a mirror image of their site, incomparably loyal. Issued of land and vines of biodynamical cultivation, these wines are, due to necessity, of limited quantities, precious and rare.
[Photo of roses by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash]
SOUL ~ Play
The Ferraton Père & Fils wines are small-lot estate and négociant wines. I’ve been very fortunate to have been reviewing these wines for a few years. The advantage of this has been to experience the consistency of quality, deliciousness, and value; and, I’ve come to realize that these are the attributes that constitute the Ferraton wines’ Hallmark. The 2017 Côtes-du-Rhône Samorëns Rosé Domaine Ferraton Père & Fils was very exciting to taste… Another delicious vintage, this wine delivered the promise of past vintages and was simply delightful!
Swirl… The composition of this Samorëns Rosé is Grenache (75 percent), Syrah, Cinsault. When I swirled my glass, aromas of spring strawberries and early cherries wafted from the glass.
Sniff… It was like burying my nose in a bouquet of these gloriously scented heirloom roses.
Sip… So easy to enjoy, so smooth and well balanced. And refreshing, just as I expected and just as I enjoyed. This one is a quintessential example of what constitutes a rosé for me. Just easy elegance.
The following image is from their Website, so you can see their terroir.