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2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine de Ferrand

Southern Rhône

$280.00 per Magnum (1.5L)


5 Magnums (1.5L)




"An amazing effort, the 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape eclipses what I wrote about it last year. Every time I went back to it, the wine revealed more nuances as well as greater depth. Full-bodied and powerful, it exhibits a compelling bouquet of crème de cassis, ground pepper, incense, seaweed, garrigue, and licorice. The knock-out aromatics are followed by a wine with colossal richness, a multilayered texture, no sense of heaviness, an incredibly deep, penetrating palate feel, and a finish that goes on for 50+ seconds. Philippe Bravay is one of the most modest and serious Châteauneuf du Pape vignerons, and it is a thrill to see him hit a home run in this vintage. For statisticians, it is made from 80- to 85+-year-old vines from two of the great sectors of Châteauneuf du Pape, La Gardiole and Cabrieres. It is composed of 90% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault. Moreover, it is the quintessential traditional Châteauneuf du Pape aged 12-14 months in tank before being bottled without filtration. The dense purple-colored 2007 will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and last for 20-25 years. Bravo! This small estate, producing just over 1,200 cases, is run by Philippe Bravay, who took over from his father, Charles, a few years ago. They own 14 acres of vines, all located in the northern sector of Châteauneuf du Pape. Until 1995, everything was sold to negociants, but Bravay has gone from strength to strength since he began estate bottling, with the 2007 the greatest wine he has yet made. He also made one of the top wines of the difficult 2008 vintage." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #185
(WA, 10/01/2009)

Rating: 98+
Drink from: 2011-2036

"Bright ruby. Expressive aromas of raspberry, cherry, blood orange and dried flowers, with an undertone of zesty spices. Very fresh and incisive red fruit flavors are complemented by sweet lavender and rose pastille, and pick up a peppery nuance with air. Impressively balanced, pure wine with a strong finishing jolt of red berry skin. I underestimated this wine from barrel." Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(IWC, 01/01/2010)

Rating: 94

"This is seriously dark, with bittersweet chocolate, braised beef, fig, tar and ground espresso notes leading the charge, while dark plum and currant fruit wait in the background. Cuts a broad swath on the muscular finish. Very backward, with a ways to go, this has harnessed more grip than most in this vintage. Best from 2010 through 2030. 1,515 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 11/15/2009)

Rating: 94
Drink from: 2010-2030

"Very dark and intriguing-looking. Meaty with treacle and real density and intrigue. Sweet and silky. Masses of alcohol!!! Not for the faint hearted." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 12/10/2008)

Rating: 17
Drink from: 2012-2016

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