Vinified and aged in concrete tank, with no racking or blending and without the addition of sulphur (until bottling) to preserve freshness and terroir expression. This is a fruit forward and very approachable style of Southern Rhone which ticks all the boxes.
Notes on the producer
Domaine de Ferrand takes its name from its location in the cooler northern sector of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Philippe Bravay took over a domaine owned by his family since the 19th century and bottled his first wine in 1997 breaking away from the négociant and other co-operative organisations to whom his forefathers used to sell. They own some of the oldest grenache in the CNDP appellation planted in 1904, 1910, 1920. Philippe also produces two excellent cuvées of Côtes-du-Rhône on lower-lying, sandy terraces of the Rhône – the more fruit-forward Mistral and the longer-lived Vieilles Vignes.