Fer Servadou (or simply Fer) is a dark-skinned grape variety grown in southwestern France. It is primarily used for red and rosé wines of Marcillac, Estaing, Entraygues - Le Fel and Gaillac. As a grape with a minor blending role, it is grown in Madiran, Béarn, Fronton and even Cabardès 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.
It bears no relation to the Argentinean Fer, which is a clone of Malbec.
Synonyms include: Fer Servadou, Pinenc, Mansoi, Braucol.
Food matches include:
Europe: Roasted squab (pigeon) with quince purée
Asia: Beef rendang