Smooth, savory and delicious, the Ferraton Pere et Fils Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu.
65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu in the Southern Rhone of France. The wine is matured in concrete vats.
Sample submitted for review. The Ferraton Pere et Fils Plan de Dieu has an SRP of $18 and is available for for as low as $15. Imported by Sera Wine.
From the bottle:
In the beginning, there was a region: the Rhone Valley. In 1946, there was a man with passion: Jean Ferraton. Today, our team is committed to ensuring the continuation of the knowledge. With the greatest respect for the "Terroir" and the vine.
Plan de Dieu which means "God's Plan" is one of the 18 Cotes-du-Rhone named villages. These are generally a step up from the basic Cotes-du-Rhone Villages designation, which itself is generally a step up from the Cotes-du-Rhone designation. (You can find all the details on these designations in this post.)
Vines have been growing in Plan de Dieu since at least 1362. The poor, chalky soil keeps yields low which means not a lot of quantity is produced. This is also the reason you don't see many of these bottles on your local store shelves, which is an absolute shame!
The 2017 Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Ferraton Pere et Fils Plan de Dieu begins with a very attractive aroma full of blackberry, black cherry and spice along with hints of mint and other dried herbs and earth. Tasting reveals a smooth, savory and delicious medium to full-bodied wine with great structure. All the same notes from the nose appear in the mouth along with some black pepper and licorice. A touch of earthiness leads into the dry, long finish. Excellent!
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