Philippe Bravay’s domaine is tiny (only 5.5 hectares) and the vines are situated around the outskirts of the Châteauneuf du Pâpe AOP, in the lieu-dit Ferrand. His neighbours in this Northern fringe near Orange are Charvin, Marcoux and Beaucastel. La Ferrande is 100% Syrah, a grape that Philippe is intrigued by and so decided to bottle it separately as a Côtes du Rhône. It’s a brilliant wine showing the breadth and generosity of the South with it’s full flavours and blackberry/tapenade complexity. It has a silky-rich mouthfeel and a deep resonant finish. Again a wonderful wine for the price.
Philippe has now completely taken over the family domaine. Until 1995 most of the wine was sold to negociants and only a small part was bottled by his father. Domaine de Ferrand is now dedicated to preserving the unique traditions and special characteristics that define Chateauneuf du Pape. Philippe uses very traditional methods including partial whole bunch fermentation, natural yeasts and cuvaison and elevage solely in tanks.
The vines producing wine for bottling at the domain were planted between 1910 and 1930. Yields are typically around 25 hl/ha.