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We all know about Bordeaux, Burgundy and even the Rhône Valley, so what's left in France to discover? A lot actually, from Poulsard to Pineau d'Aunis. One of my favorite obscure wines from France is Fer Servadou. You are not going to find bottles labeled Fer, but if you explore Marcillac and Gaillac you will come across this red variety. When you do, expect to be seduced!

Fer makes somewhat rustic wines, and lovely rosé, which show off the grapes’ dark berry fruit, supported by rather refreshing acidity and moderate if rustic tannins. It is a great country table wine and one that loves food, so don't be shy and say hello to Fer Servadou!

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  • Snooth User: maffe
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    Nice to hear that you recommend exploring Marcillac and Gaillac wines. I'd even go so far as to say that if you're not an expert, stay away from Bordeaux, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône. You find better values and better wines for the American palate in Bergerac, Madiran, Faugères, St-Chinian, Fitou, Corbières, or VdP from Côtes de Thongue or the new Pézenas appellation.

    Feb 29, 2012 at 4:23 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    An interesting observation. Thanks for sharing. I love Fer, and do see the wines as being very easy to like, but I think people will continue to gravitate towards Chateauneuf and the like!

    Mar 04, 2012 at 10:31 AM

  • Snooth User: maffe
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    Gregory, I'm sure you're right ... most people will keep knowing only the already famous names. But I'm glad every time influential guys like you write about lesser known appellations or regions that are worth discovering. I'm sure a few people will get intrigued and want to learn more.
    The problem with Languedoc and the South-West is of course the immense diversity, which makes these regions difficult to get a grip on, even when living here. Different soils, different grape varieties, different micro-climates, old family wineries and young, hungry, creative winemakers. But that also makes the wine scene very exciting here.

    Mar 04, 2012 at 5:09 PM

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