In a nutshell: An excellent value, unoaked, ripe and rounded Right Bank Claret.
The lowdown: Château La Croix Ferrandat is made by the Saint Emilion cooperative which is the oldest in Bordeaux and widely admired for their quality and value. It's a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernets Franc & Sauvignon from vineyards just south of the town of Saint Emilion. It's made without ageing in oak which allows the plummy and rich blackberry flavours stand out. The soft tannins give it good structure and its smooth and rounded in the mouth with a clean lingering finish.
When to drink: Soft, seductive and fruity it's good to enjoy on its own or with things like slow braised beef dishes, fruity lamb tagines or mature cheeses.
The Union de Producteurs de Saint-Emilion is the largest producer on the Bordeaux's Right Bank with an extensive portfolio of producers and growers. Formed in 1931 they work in an appellation full of small scale growers and provide the facilities to enable their members to bring their products to market. Their range of wines is therefore pretty extensive and is focussed squarely around the merlot dominated wines of Saint Emilion.