Domaine de Ferrand

VigneronPhilippe Bravay
LocationOrange (Vaucluse)
Size of Domaine17 ha
TerroirMediterranean climate, Mistral (northern wind) influence. Rhône quaternary terraces: sand, silt, clay-limestone, river pebbles (galets roulés). Gentle undulations around 100m altitude.
ViticulturePracticing organic
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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.

Domaine de Ferrand owns some of the oldest grenache in the CNDP appellation planted in the lieu-dits of Les Garriguettes and Les Jaumes in 1904, 1910, 1920, together with two other lieu-dits Cabrières and La Gardiole where the vines are 45yo. He 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.

Philippe destalks between 10 to 50% depending on the vintage, vinifies and ages in concrete tank, with no racking or blending and without the addition of sulphur (until bottling) to preserve freshness and terroir expression. Effervescent, hardworking and inquisitive, Philippe leaves no stone unturned in his work in the vines and cellar, making one of the finest examples of age-worthy old vine grenache in the world and despite all the plaudits (e.g. Wine Advocate) sticks to an incredibly reasonable pricing policy. A gentleman!

Domaine de Ferrand Wines

Domaine de Ferrand

CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE 2017
Mistral
40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 10% Vaccarese (13.5% alc.)

Problems due to coulure on the grenache grape at flowering meant that Philippe produced no Vieilles Vignes cuvée in 2017. Mistral is made from young to 40yo vines located on sandy slopes between Châteauneuf and Orange, Philippe kept 20% whole bunches, and the much higher proportion of syrah opens up the wine and makes it perfect for drinking on the fruit with lower alcohol a bonus. Cuve aged and bottled early in June 2018 the fruit is delectable – spicy cherry and raspberry with very silky tannins. Ideal wine for a barbecue.

Domaine de Ferrand

CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE 2016
Vieilles Vignes
90% Grenache, 7% Syrah, 3% Cinsault (14.5% alc.)

Côtes-du-Rhône from a good Châteauneuf estate is always a great bargain. Philippe Bravay selects this wine from the best sites and 50yo vines. Destalked 80% in 2016, at 35hh yields were a little down on 2015 and the grapes were brought in during cool, dry weather at the end of September. A mid-raspberry colour reflects a judicious vinification. Floral and herbal notes on the nose, mid-weight on the palate, offering raspberry fruit (very close to the fresh grapes), liquorice, a touch of meat juices, spice and dried herb with good freshness and lift on the finish, tannins are ripe and well-judged.

Domaine de Ferrand

CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2014
95% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre/Cinsault/Syrah (15% alc.)

Since 2010 Philippe has kept 50% of the whole bunches for the fermentation which helps to give a better framework for the wine and adds an extra note of spice and complexity. Made from 90 year old vines planted on old rootstock that help to reduce vigour and give very limited yields (26hh in 2014), this is a dense, rich wine with real breadth of aromas and flavours, offering layers of raspberry and black cherry fruit, spice, liquorice, menthol and garrigue herbs, fine tannins and a long, mineral imbued finish. Though it can be enjoyed in its youth it will benefit from at least three years ageing. For drinking now to 2025+.

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