Here is a familiar story about a winery in one of France's most revered appellations. Maison Ferraton Pere et Fils was founded almost 80 years ago and is still flourishing. The story never gets old. It's one of the big differences between Old and New World wines, though it's not really a question of old or new. It is either history or the lack thereof.
As wine history in France goes, Ferraton is fairly young. Jeon Orens Ferraton began in 1946 with less than one acre of grapes. Fortunately, that acre was in Hermitage, one of the Northern Rhone's most famous appellations. Here, Syrah is king, but the miniscule amount of whites produced in the region garner even more attention because of their rarity as well as their brilliance. Ferraton recognized this and began to produce whites as well, and very good ones.
In 1998, the second generation, led by Michael Ferraton, made the commitment to biodynamic farming. This is not just organic, but a gestaltist approach where everything that has to do with the vineyard is micro-analyzed to determine its effect on the vines. From the identification of every weed and insect present in the vineyard, to the effect of the moon, stars and planets, all changes are noted and either encouraged or discouraged, depending on their effects.
No one is sure how much this impacts the wine from a sensory standpoint. All we know is a great wine when we taste one. This blend of Grenache Blanc and Clairette is perfection in winemaking. From the floral nose ot the peach and guava palate, it pleases at every level.