Domaine de Ferrand Mistral Côtes du Rhône 2021

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 Philippe Bravay’s domaine is tiny (only 5.5 hectares) and the vines are situated around the outskirts of the Châteauneuf du Pâpe AOP, in the lieu-dit Ferrand. His neighbours in this Northern fringe near Orange are Charvin, Marcoux and Beaucastel.

Philippe has now completely taken over the family domaine. Until 1995 most of the wine was sold to negociants and only a small part was bottled by his father. Domaine de Ferrand is now dedicated to preserving the unique traditions and special characteristics that define Chateauneuf du Pape. Philippe uses very traditional methods including partial whole bunch fermentation, natural yeasts and cuvaison and elevage solely in tanks.

This wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Vaccarèse and Carignan from vines that are between 5 and 30 years of age. Both fermented and aged in tank to preserve the freshness of the wine. This wine is very aromatic with a lively nose of violets, spice and blue/black fruit. Marked by vibrant acidity, this wine has incredible flavour concentration with notes of blackberry, pepper, mushroom and a hint of chocolate.