30 dollars: Chateau Ferran blanc 2015 (SOLD OUT)
The 2012 red wine from this property was a The Other Bordeaux client favourite. This is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle, which embraces all the white varieties of Bordeaux in one wine, which is very rare. This is the antidote to industrial Sauvignon Blanc, made by biodynamic master Julien Ferran at his family property in the Entre-Deux-Mers district. "Entre-deux-Mers" translates as “Between two seas,” a reference to the fact that it is on a tract of land that actually lies between two very major rivers, the Dordogne and the Garonne. I’ve been buying the wines of Château Ferran for a while now because they are a big-small family-run domain that not only does things biodynamically but is also a part of the hallowed “Renaissance des Appellations” organisation, a group of wineries from around the world dedicated to the chemical-free ultra-natural biodynamic system. Most of the wineries of the Renaissance des Appellations group sell their wine for pretty big (and sometimes huge) prices, while Ch. Ferran is almost day-to-day in its cost, probably due to the fact that they have 30 hectares of vines, which is close to the maximum that can be run by a single family, which in this case means Julian Ferran and his wife and son (thumbnail photo below).
Their white is a perfectly integrated, airbrushed wine that you can spend hours coaxing in the glass to release yet more and more new dimensions. It is a work of attractive subtlety and deeply etched complexity. The palate is firm and will keep this wine fresh for up to another ten years in bottle.