Domaine de Ferrand - 2018 Mistral Rouge
"Although only a few will ever get to enjoy these wines as the domaine is very small (only 5.5 ha in Châteauneuf du Pâpe and 10ha in Côtes du Rhône, with over half the vines approaching 100 years old) they are well worth the hunt. All the vines are situated in the lieu-dit Chemin Saint Jean, the same Northern holy grail as Charvin, Beaucastel, Marcoux and La Vieille Julienne. Current custodian Philippe Bravay uses organic growing techniques and limits yields severely. Vinification is traditional: open top fermenters, basket presses, and cement cuves.
The 2018 Côtes Du Rhône 'Mistral', which is from vines around the outskirts of the Châteauneuf du Pâpe AOP, is by far the best example of this wine that I have seen. I was astonished at the colour and vibrancy of the wine in the glass and the concentration, freshness and length of flavour quite incredible for what you pay for the bottle. This is an astonishingly good Côtes Du Rhône!" – Andrew Guard, Importer
Varietal Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault & Mourvedre || Region Côtes Du Rhône, France || ABV 13.5% || Vol 750ml