2010 Feraud Cotes du Rhone......$15.99
"A super bargain from Laurence Feraud, the 2010 Cotes du Rhone (finished with a screw cap closure) exhibits a healthy deep ruby hue along with copious amounts of black cherry fruit, lavender and Provencal spices. Medium-bodied, fruity and elegant with impressive purity, it should be drunk over the next year.
One of the bastions of traditionalism in Chateauneuf du Pape is Domaine de Pegau, long owned by the Feraud family, and now run by the charming, talented Laurence, who was exceptionally well-schooled by her father, Paul. This nearly 50-acre estate fashions some of the longest-lived, most interesting wines of the appellation. The success they have enjoyed with their estate wines has allowed the Ferauds to branch out with a small negociant operation that includes selections Laurence makes through her contacts in the southern Rhone as well as wines she co-producers with another Chateauneuf du Pape name well-known for high quality, Andre Brunel."
-- The Wine Advocate
Robert Parker on the 2010 Rhone Vintage
“This is a great vintage that comes close in quality to 2007 in the southern Rhône. Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines’ vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors....In fact, 2010′s paradox is that I can’t remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity…"