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Domaine de Ferrand Côtes-du-Rhône 'La Ferrande' 2018

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Red wine. Southern Rhône, France. Organic. 100% Syrah. "The la Ferrande bottling from Philippe Bravay he likes to call his “yearly challenge” wine, as syrah easily gets overripe in the Châteauneuf du Pape region, so, to Philippe’s mind, picking dates have to be perfect to get this wine into bottle with some finesse. His 2018 la Ferrande comes in listed at 14.5 percent octane and is on the money in terms of ripeness, offering up excellent purity in its bouquet of cassis, black raspberries, pepper, hung game, smoke, a hint of dark chocolate and a lovely base of stony soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, complex and nicely plush on the attack, with a fine core of fruit, good soil undertow, suave tannins and a long, well-balanced and classy finish. This is as lovely wine that is wide open in personality right out of the blocks, but has good backend grip and structure and should have no difficulties aging gracefully, despite fairly low acidity. Good juice and emphatically not crossing the border into sur maturité! I really like this." — 91 Points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar #89 (September/October 2020)