Domaine de Ferrand, Philippe Bravay

France, Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape



Philippe Bravay is extremely dedicated to preserving the unique traditions and special characteristics that Châteauneuf brings to the world.  Domaine de Ferrand is considerably small with only 7.5 hectares of Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards spread over 6 parcels in 4 lieux dits, half of which are 45 year vines and half are 95 to 110 year old vines.  They now also have 9.5Ha of Côtes-du-Rhône.  He uses organic growing techniques, limits yields strictly (his Côtes-du-Rhône, even, is less than 2.5 tons to the acre yield, and the Châteauneuf-du-Pape even less) and vinifies traditionally in tank.   Philippe’s vinification philosophy and practice is the same for all his wines, “I do not use barriques because I want the wine of my vines and not a technical élevage which loses the origins of the wine.  There is no filtration, only one fining for each wine. During the aging, the wine is neither racked nor blended, which is done only at the time of bottling and without the addition of preservatives.”


Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Côtes-du-Rhône Classique Mistral 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 5% Vaccarèse, 5% Carignan 5-30 years Sandy silt and small cailloux (round stones) Practicing Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône VV Cuvée Antique 90% Grenache, 10% field blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault 50-90 years Sandy clay, silt and small cailloux (round stones) Practicing Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône Syrah Syrah 15-20 years Sandy clay Practicing Organic
Châteauneuf-du-Pape 90% Grenache, 10% field blend Average 75 years Sandy clay, Galets Roules Practicing Organic