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Isabel Ferrando, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Domaine Isabel Ferrando is a 2.5 hectare property owned by Isabel Ferrando-Giraud, the owner of Domaine Saint-Préfert fame and is one of the super-hot, up-and-coming properties in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Philippe Cambie is the consultant here and since their debut vintage in 2004, they have been on fire! Colombis is made from 100% old vine Grenache primarily from the lieu-dit named "Colombis" that ranges in age from 65 years to more than 100 years of age. The terroir is mostly sandy soils, which helps add to the elegant profile and finesse of the wine - unsurprisingly as it is located not far from the famous Château Rayas.

Isabel Ferrando did not intend to have a career as a winemaker. In fact, her first career was in the banking industry. Isabel Ferrando changed her life, moving from the financial world to a life in wine where she learned about winemaking in the Gigondas appellation, while working for Raspail Aycreated. Isabel purchased 3.9 hectares of vines in the southern part of the appellation. The goal, according to her was to create a wine that was totally distinct from Domaine Saint Préfert. The difference for her was about the uniqueness of terroir in each location. To help her realize her ambitions, she brought in Philippe Cambie as the consultant. Domaine Colombis is vinified using only whole cluster fruit which included 100% of the grape stems during the fermentation. That has not always the case here. But starting with the 2009 vintages, the berries have not been destemmed. Vinification takes place in traditional, cement vats. The wine is aged in a combination of short, conical shaped oak vats and used French oak barrels or 600-liter demi-muids, depending on the character and quality of the vintage. Not much of this wine is made. Production of Ferrando Colombis is on average, about 550 cases per vintage.

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