2011 Domaine Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $50)

SKU #1166169 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky ruby. Dark berries, cherry pit, lavender and peppery spices on the fragrant nose. The palate offers appealingly sweet black raspberry and cherry compote flavors braced by juicy acidity and a hint of white pepper. Clean and focused on the youthfully tannic, strikingly long and urgent finish.  (1/ 2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A ripe, voluptuous wine that’s loaded with sweet kirsch, plum, licorice and garrigue aromas and flavors, Bravay’s 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a great example of the vintage. A field blend that’s close to 90% Grenache and aged all in tank (it sees no wood whatsoever), it’s a gorgeous, naked expression of Grenache that delivers medium to full-bodied richness, no hard edges and a supple, downright sexy profile. While it won’t make you run out and sell off your 2007s and 2010s, it’s a great wine meant for drinking over the coming 8-9 years. Drink now-2023. (JD) Located in the northern sector of Chateauneuf du Pape, these classic, traditional efforts are made by Philippe Bravay. They always emphasize purity and finesse, and are highly recommended.  (10/ 2013)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape