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Domaine de Ferrand History, Overview
Domaine de Ferrand, like many producers in the Southern Rhone Valley is a relative new winery. That is because prior to 1995, the majority of their wine was sold in bulk to negociants.
However, the property is rather old, as it can be dated all the way back to at least 1760. 200 years later, Charles Bravay officially founded the domaine. The domaine is located in Orange, which is to the north of Chateauneuf du Pape.
Things quickly changed at Domaine de Ferrand when Philippe Bravay took over the responsibilities of managing the estate. It was under the direction of Philippe Bravay that they began producing, bottling and selling their own wine.
Domaine de Ferrand Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine de Ferrand owns 5.5 hectares of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. Most of their vineyards are well placed in the cooler terroir in the northern part of the appellation.
They have plantings located in the Cabrieres and La Gardiole lieux-dits, which is where they have their oldest vines. Some of their really old vines are more than 100 years of age.
Their terroir is mostly clay, limestone and rock littered soils. Domaine de Ferrand also owns 10 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation that are used to produce red wine.
The best vintages of Domaine de Ferrand are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000 and 1998.
Domaine de Ferrand makes 1 red Chateauneuf du Pape wine.
Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf du Pape is made from mostly Grenache, which takes up to about 90% of the blend. The remainder of the blend is made from varying amounts of Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah.
The grapes are partially destemmed. Vinification takes place in a combination of concrete vats and stainless steel tanks. The traditionally made wine is aged in concrete tanks for between 12 to 14 months before bottling. The annual production is close to 1,250 cases of wine per vintage.
When to Drink Domaine de Ferrand, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Domaine de Ferrand can be decanted for about 1-2 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Domaine de Ferrand is usually better with 3-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 5-15 years after the vintage.
Serving Domaine de Ferrand with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine de Ferrand is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Domaine de Ferrand is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue and cassoulet. Domaine de Ferrand is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant, tomatoes and cheese.
The white wine of Domaine de Ferrand is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Domaine de Ferrand produces wines from vines they own in the Cotes du Rhone and in the Cotes du Rhone Villages appellations: Cuvee Antique, Cuvee Antique Vieilles Vignes, Cuvee des Demoiselles and Cuvee la Ferrande.
Domaine de Ferrand Wine Tasting Notes
9 Vintages 28,119 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Domaine de Ferrand (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Lush, round, fruity and fresh, this is already showing well. The dark cherries are ripe, sweet, spicy and fleshy with loads of fruit on the nose, palate and end. The wine blends 90% Grenache, 8% Syrah and 2% Mourvedre. 93 Points
1,682 Views Tasted Oct 12, 2020
|2016||Domaine de Ferrand (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Full bodied, lush, rich, ripe, round and fresh, the peppery, sweet, red fruits offer sweetness, purity, character and length. The wine was made from blending 90% Grenache, 8% Syrah and 2% Mourvedre. 92 Points
3,805 Views Tasted Sep 18, 2018
|2015||Domaine de Ferrand (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Elegant, medium-bodied, soft and silky, with a core of ripe, fresh kirsch, strawberry, flowers and wild herbs. Made from 90% old vine Grenache and assorted other allowable grape varieties, you can enjoy this now for all its delicious red berries or age it 5-7 years for more tertiary development. 93 Points
3,437 Views Tasted Dec 11, 2019
|2014||Domaine de Ferrand (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Forward, medium-bodied, elegant, soft, silky and ready to go wine with a focus on ripe, sweet, spicy, cherries, kirsch, strawberry and cherry notes. 92 Points
2,159 Views Tasted Dec 11, 2020
|2013||Domaine de Ferrand (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Soft and approachable, medium bodied and fresh, the red cherry notes show a nice sense of purity and freshness. 89 Points
2,824 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|2012||Domaine de Ferrand (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Obviously young, but this is such a great style of wine, who cares? Lushly textured, with supple layers of sweet, ripe, juicy kirsch, black raspberry, wet earth, spice and garrigue. The wine is long, concentrated and fresh. Drink it now, if you like your Grenache young, or age it for secondary character and more softness. 94 Points
2,688 Views Tasted May 23, 2016
|2010||Domaine de Ferrand (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Even better than the 2009, this super wine has it all. The fruit is fabulous. It's ripe, sweet and fresh, with layers of cherries, black raspberries and kirsch. The texture is pure lushness. The wine is balanced, rich and like all great Southern Rhone wines, you can enjoy it now, or age it for more of a secondary, evolved experience. There is no touch of heat, this is just pure Chateauneuf pleasure. 95 Points
3,887 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2015
|2009||Domaine de Ferrand (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Really nice wine, with loads of juicy ripe, kirsch flavors, olives and herbs, rich, seductive textures and a fresh, sweet, peppery cherry finish. 92 Points
2,837 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2015
|2007||Domaine de Ferrand (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
The nose, with its licorice, cherry, black raspberry, herb and wild strawberry profile is beautiful. On the palate, the wine is rich, full, deep and with darker fruit than expected. Lush and long, with ample, silky, ripe, but not overripe fruit in the finish, this is in its sweet spot. 95 Points
1,533 Views Tasted Oct 13, 2020
Vibrant ruby in color, the wine pops with aromatics of kirsch, jam, charcoal, licorice and pepper. Richly textured, the sweet, fresh, strawberry, and black raspberry notes are pure and precise. Expressive, lively and supple, this is really singing at the top of its lungs today. This is a super wine in a really nice style. 95 Points
3,267 Views Tasted May 15, 2016