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Fer Servardou

Fer Servadou may not be as challenging to farm as Picotendre, but it very nearly disappeared from the wine world in the 1960s as the local demand for this surprisingly friendly grape tailed off. Grown almost exclusively in the Marcillac region of Southwest France, Fer, as the grape is commonly known, has not captured the imagination of wine drinkers on a global scale, even as the wines of neighboring regions have broken through our collective consciousness. Slowly, and through the persistence and conviction of a handful of growers, the wines of Marcillac have staged a comeback of sorts. From a handful of hectares to close to 200 today, these are not mass produced wines by any stretch of the imagination, but they are a lovely reminder of the diversity this corner of France once enjoyed.

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  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    Speaking of off the beaten path grapes from Rioja, the less-well-known Graciano makes really nice reds as well. Usually found in Rioja blends, there are some varietal bottles making their way to the US now. We finished one off last night, from Rio Madre (a label I bet was created just for the US market) and at $10 or so, this is a pleasure-giving bargain.

    May 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM


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