The history of Château de Ferrand dates back to the 17th century and was forged in the grand tradition of the Bordeaux wine-growing estates, those that helped the region gain its illustrious reputation. Like all the Grands Crus of Bordeaux, the estate has experienced periods of great prosperity – Louis XIV’s court flocked to Ferrand renowned for its parties – and much quieter periods. Mademoiselle de Scudéry, the French writer and close friend of Elie de Bétoulaud, spent time at Ferrand working on her poetry. One of the oldest and most consistent estates in Saint-Emilion, in 300 years Château de Ferrand has belonged to just two families; that of Elie de Bétoulaud, who passed the estate down to his descendant the Marquis de Mons and his heirs, and that of Baron Bich, founder of the famous Bic company. Nowadays the estate is managed by Pauline Bich Chandon-Moët, with help from her husband Philippe Chandon-Moët. Château de Ferrand was honoured in 2012 by the INAO Classification Commission who ranked Château de Ferrand as a Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Emilion.
The remarkable estate boasts a stunning panoramic view over the Dordogne valley, superb architecture and the historic Grottes de Ferrand caves, hewn out of the stone as an eternal monument to the reign of Louis XIV, giving the estate its unique character. Built in 1702, the Château is a perfect example of beautifully preserved architecture and illustrates an aesthetic philosophy that combines balance with classicism. The estate’s total surface area is 42 hectares in a single stretch, with 32 hectares of vines. Baron Bich’s family has a strong commitment to the quality of the wine coupled with an environmentally-friendly attitude.
Environmental Approach : Certified HVE level 3 (Haute Valeur Environnementale) ans Terravitis.
Website : www.chateaudeferrand.com