We have not offered a great Chateauneuf du Pape deal for a while so we were happy when this one came across our radar yesterday. We have dabbled with this producer in the past finding the wines to be very good examples of the commune at very fair pricing. Enter the great vintage of 2016, and this wine is an absolute block buster. It possesses everything that a lover of the southern Rhone likes in spades. This is right up there with the 2016 Andre Brunel Chateauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux for our best Chateauneuf du Pape buy of 2019!
Jeb Dunnuck 96-98 pts! While the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape isn’t in bottle yet, my money is on it being one of the finest wines Philippe Bravey has ever made. Based on 87% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre, Syrah, Bourboulenc, and Cinsault, brought up all in concrete, this awesome wine boasts a huge nose of garrigue, currants, lavender, and exotic flowers. Hitting the palate with full-bodied richness, a stacked, layered mid-palate, and a blockbuster texture, it nevertheless stays seamless and elegant, with no sense of weight or heaviness. It reminds me of a slightly more elegant 2007. Domaine de Ferrand is located in the northern portion of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, just north of Vieille Julienne and to the west of Marcoux. I can’t speak highly enough of the efforts of winemaker Philippe Bravey, who consistently turns out ripe, voluptuous, classic wines that deliver both hedonistic and intellectual pleasure. I’d happily drink his wines any day. (Drink between 2020-2036)
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 94 pts! The full-bodied 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a terrific effort from Domaine de Ferrand. Nearly 90% Grenache, with the balance a blend of other permitted varieties, it's concentrated and rich, with hints of allspice, anise and pepper adding nuance to the layers of ripe cherry and apricot fruit. Complex and velvety, this has it all.