2016 Domaine Ferrand Cotes du Rhone Mistral – Rhone Valley, France $23.95
This is quite simply the most popular and delicious Cotes-du-Rhone we get – it’s Grenache in its most raw and pretty form. This is perfectly elegant wine that delivers amazing character and stunning value. The 2016 is my favourite version to date and one you won’t want to miss.
2015 Domaine Ferrand Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes – Rhone Valley, France $27.95
This is another “WOW” wine from Philippe. It tastes like a Chateauneuf with big, beefy, dark red fruit and wonderful Christmas-cake like aromas. There are wonderful earthy notes here with ripe, plumy fruit at the centre. You’re going to love the texture here, like a velvet blanket working its way around your mouth. What a stellar buy for $28.
2015 Domaine Ferrand Chateauneuf du Pape – Rhone Valley, France $59
While a lot of producers like to separate out their oldest vines and make a separate “super cuvee” Philippe does not believe in this practice. Instead he blends his vineyards and produces just one wine – and what a wine it is. We all know that 2015 is a great year, but you really need to taste this to get a true sense of how great. The balance is perfect, nothing sticks out. The wine wraps you up in its perfectly silky palate while you inhale the haunting aromas. It’s like a cherry pie served in the woods after a rain storm. Too many exotic smells to mention. Best to just come down and taste it yourself.
– Kevin McLean
Here’s what the fancy wine writer types are saying:
96 points – James Suckling
Distinctive for the bracken and peppery elements across wild red cherry and berry fruits. The palate has supple ripe raspberry and cherry flavors in gently grainy tannins that hold nobly. Exceptional purity and length. Drink from 2020.
95 points – Vinous
Brilliant ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented aromas of ripe red berries, cherry pit, potpourri and musky rhubarb, backed by a hint of Asian spices. Sweet, concentrated and seamless in texture, offering intense raspberry, cherry and lavender pastille flavors and a touch of licorice. Impressively suave and focused; a powerful jolt of candied flowers carries through the long, palate-staining finish.
94 points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape is the normal blend of 90% Grenache and the balance Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Bourboulenc. It’s partly destemmed and aged 100% in concrete tanks. It’s a beautiful barrel sample that sports a deep ruby, semi-translucent color, as well as loads of sweet red and black fruits, garrigue, leafy herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, impeccably balanced and seamless, with ripe tannin, it’s a beauty. One of my favorite estates in Châteauneuf du Pape is unquestionably Philippe Bravey’s Domaine de Ferrand, which is located all in the northern part of the appellation. He makes a classic, traditional Châteauneuf du Pape and a handful of serious Côtes du Rhônes.