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Domaine de Ferrand Cotes-du-Rhone Vieilles Vignes Cuvee Antique 2018

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Red wine. Southern Rhône, France. Organic. 90% Grenache, 10% field blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault. "The old vine bottling of Côtes-du-Rhône from Domaine de Ferrand is produced from an organically-farmed 3.5 hectare parcel of vines, with the age of the plantations ranging from fifty to ninety years of age! The vineyard is planted to roughly ninety percent grenache, with the balance a field blend of syrah, mourvèdre and cinsault. Everything is fermented together in cement with indigenous yeasts, with a varying percentage of whole clusters and aged in cement vats for eighteen months prior to bottling. The 2018 Vielles Vignes offers up a deep and complex nose of black raspberries, spit-roasted game, stony soil tones, a bit of French roast, garrigue and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, tangy and complex, with a fine core of creamy old vine fruit, firm, ripe tannin and a long, beautifully balanced finish that closes with plenty of pepperiness and a lovely savory element from the whole clusters. This is a dynamite, black fruity bottle of Côtes-du-Rhône that is built to age for a long time and really deserves some bottle age before drinking it with abandon. Great juice." — 92 Points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar #89 (September / October 2020)