2010 La Vieille Ferme Blanc

Year: 2010
Appellation: Cotes-du-Luberon
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 86
Wine Advocate: 86
Vinous Media: 87
White Wine
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"Bright and crunchy, with tasty lime and kiwifruit notes, followed by a tangy green fig edge on the finish. Shows good regional typicity. Always an excellent value. Drink now. 62,500 cases made." (WS)

"The 2010 Cotes du Luberon (a blend of equal parts Vermentino, Ugni Blanc and Grenache Blanc) offers a lot of wine for less than $10 a bottle. Fresh, perfumed, crisp, dry and light-bodied with plenty of character, it is a delicious aperitif/bistro quaffing white to enjoy during its first 12 months of life.

Brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois Perrin as well as their four sons, Thomas, Marc, Pierre and Mathieu, have quickly become the dominate wine producers of the entire southern Rhone Valley. They have expanded their operation even further by partnering with the Jaboulets. Now having over 1,200 acres in vine and extensive contracts, this is a high quality locomotive, great news for consumers seeking a range of top quality red and white wines in all price ranges. The Perrins’ greatest success is undeniably their enormous quantities of high quality, inexpensive wines called La Vieille Ferme, a white from the Cotes du Luberon and a red from the Cotes du Ventoux. The Perrins are now the top producers of wines from the cool climate southern Rhone appellation of Vinsobres, located in the northern sector of the region and meaning “sober wine.” In 2008, the Perrins purchased one of the better estates in Gigondas, Clos des Tourelles, a 25 acre property located at the southern end of the village from which they make two cuvees. True stars in the Perrin portfolio are the white and red Cotes du Rhone from their estate called Coudoulet which is adjacent to the appellation of Chateauneuf du Pape. As longtime readers know, Chateau de Beaucastel makes two of the great white wines of the southern Rhone, although in Chateauneuf du Pape the rather dramatic amelioration of quality that has taken place with white winemaking has given them more competition than they had a decade ago." (WA)

"($6) (made from a blend of bourboulenc, grenache blanc, ugni blanc and vermentino; 10% of this wine is fermented in new barriques and the rest is raised in stainless steel): Pale yellow. Lemon, green apple and mint on the high-pitched nose. Dry and wiry, with good clarity to its citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Finishes with moderate length and refreshing bite. On the simple side but there's a lot of clean, juicy fruit here, and you can't deny the bang for the buck, especially in magnum. This would be an outstanding glass pour or carafe wine at a restaurant. " (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Renowned for its exceptional value for money (including recently in the famous Wall Street Journal), La Vieille Ferrne Blanc is the archetype of Rhône whites. Fruity, crisp and soft with great body. A wonderful “enjoyment” wine!

If you enjoy quaffable wines, this is ideal for an aperitif or with simple cuisine.

Mainly within the Parc Regional du Luberon, which is equidistant from Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Manosque. The average altitude of the vineyards is 300 metres/1000 feet above sea-level, and the grapes are harvested relatively late.

Old alluvial deposits of round and flat stones, calcareous marl and patches of clay created by alluvial alpine flows.

The grapes are lightly crushed, then pressed in a pneumatic press, prior to clarification of the must and cool fermentation. This takes place in vats for 90% of the blend, with 10% fermented in new oak barrels with lees-stirring. In stainless steel tanks until the month of January, when the wine is bottled after fining.

Ugni Blanc, Vermentino, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc

Colour: bright yellow with tints of green. Nose: green fruit, wheat, hazelnuts. Mouth: soft, delicate, aromatic

14oC/50oF with a starter or a cold buffet.