Equivalent Bottle Price £27.09
The Nicolas Carmarans Fer de Sang is made from 100% Fer Servadou (also known as Braucol and Mansois in other regions) sourced from a vineyard south of Nicolas’s house in the Marcillac region.
Here he has sourced grapes from vines that are 70 years old that are growing on limestone soils at an elevation of approximately 250 metres above sea level.
He places the grapes in fibreglass tanks to undergo carbonic maceration for about 10 days before being transferred to old barriques for seven months.
The resulting wine is very approachable with leather, smoke and tar on the nose leading to a taste of bright berry fruits and a very silky, elegant mouthfeel. This is a stunning new wine from Nicolas and it obviously appealed to the team at the famous La Cave des Papilles in Paris who exclaimed in their recent newsletter:
Nicolas (Nico) Carmarans, restaurateur and vigneron, has vines in planted on the decomposed granites high in the northern Aveyron. For many years Nicolas ran the delightful wine bar in Paris called Café de la Nouvelle Mairie. It, as its name suggests, is a meeting place where people go to sip on good wines, eat interesting food and solve the problems of the world. He sold it to concentrate on his vineyard in the Aveyron in south west France where he makes stunningly delicious natural wines from local grape varieties such as Fer Servadou and Negret de Banhars. As he says himself “I want to make wines that I like to drink”.