Laurence Ferraud more famously owns Domaine Pegau and Chateau Pegau where he makes powerful wines focusses around Chateauneuf du Pape. These are his negociant wines and are a great value foot in the door.
All the intensity and flavour of the Pegau wines packed into a humble Cotes du Rhone price point. Awesome drinking now, awesome value.
Cotes-du-Rhone – The generic appellation of the Rhone Valley. It can produce white, rosé or red wines. They are often blends of a few of the local wines. Quality can range from very low to some that rival the best wines the region. Knowing the good producers is the key to picking a good wine from this appellation.
Grenache – AKA Garnacha. Originally a Spanish variety it is known for being aromatic, low in acid with moderate tannin and high in alcohol. Quite often Grenache is blended with other varieties to add structure and tame its exuberance. The top wines of Priorat, Rioja, Chateauneuf du Pape or Barossa can age extremely well.