Fer Servadou (or simply Fer) is a dark-skinned grape variety grown in South West France. It is primarily used for red and rosé wines of Marcillac, Estaing, Entragues and Gaillac. As a grape with a minor blending role, it is grown in Madiran, Bearn, Fronton and even Cabardes, in the neighboring Languedoc-Roussillon region.
Fer, which in Latin and French means iron, alludes to the particular hardness of the plant’s wood. While it is a little known variety, it is increasingly being planted, producing wines that are concentrated with aromas of redcurrants and peppery overtones. It also has very soft tannins, and therefore can be used to tame the intensely tannic Tannat wines of Madiran.
Synonyms include: Fer Servadou, Pinenc, Mansoi, Braucol.
Food matches include:
Europe: Roasted squab (pigeon) with quince purée
Asia: Beef rendang