Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2007 Domaine de Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

The 2007 Domaine de Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape was the winning bottle in the February Installment of Pick My Next Bottle.

Domaine de Ferrand was founded in 1960 by Charles Bravay. Philippe Bravay launched bottling directly at the winery when he took over the domaine from his father in 1995. Since 1997, a large part of the wine produced has been sold under the brand name of Domaine de Ferrand.

The wine is primarily composed of Grenache with small amounts of Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault.

Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Heady aromas of red fruits, kirsch, garrigue and licorice. Medium body with medium acidity. Sweet on the palate and bordering on Port like. Kirsch liqueur, citrus and a hint of pepper on the palate. For my tastes this wine is just a touch too ripe and missed the blood, iron and herbes de Provence flavors I really enjoy in a more traditional CdP. I can see the controversy surrounding this vintage. I’ll roll the dice on my last bottle and open it in 2020 or so.

My rating: 89 points.

I’m a fan of Domaine Ferrand in more traditional vintages like ’06 and ’08. These wines will set you back about $50.

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2 thoughts on “2007 Domaine de Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

  1. I’d like to believe the Sistine would have been better, but who knows? That’s why we taste. That 98 from WA looks ‘way off.’

    1. Thanks Will. I will be opening a few more bottles from ’07 in the near future. I want to see if the Ferrand was an aberration or representative of the vintage.

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