Posted by: Peter Springett | December 1, 2009

Our favourite wine in Cotes de Roussillon-Villages

About five minutes drive from the villa in Terrats you will find our favourite vineyard, Ferrer-Ribiere.  (20, Rue Colombier, Terrats). I’d like to say that this remarkable vineyard is a well kept secret, but in fact its famous Cana and Selenae reds have a growing global reputation. The family has been producing wine on this land for 600 years, although only went independent in 1988.

Back in 2001, The Spectator magazine described Selenae, ‘an extraordinary wine which readers are unlikely to find anywhere else…the wine is dark, delicious, soft, rich and jammy.’

The Los Angeles Times is also party to the secret. It describes the Selenae as ‘a big meaty wine with a bit of smoked beef in its aroma. But on the palate, that juicy, plummy carignan shows through, with fine-grained tannins and an elegant polished texture’.

We also love the rich silky Cana, which describes as “Cherries and mixed berries on the nose, light herbaceous notes. Cool and delicately tart, red and black fruit, vegetal notes, dusty tannins, youthful, not particularly deep, lacks substance, attractive finish.”

Wine tasting is informal, but it’s worth ringing ahead. Late afternoon is usually a good time when Madame Ribiere has collected the children from school. Tel: 00 33 468  532445.  Bruno Ferrer insists that 2007 was a great year and even if you buy a recent vintage, rest assured that the wines will age well up to 5-10 years.


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