2010 La Vieille Ferme Rouge

Year: 2010
Appellation: Cotes-du-Ventoux
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 87
Red Wine
Price :
$5.99
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STILL A GREAT PRICE AND WELL WORTH IT!

"The 2010 Cotes du Ventoux, composed of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Carignan, Cinsault, etc., is one of the finest examples of this cuvee the Perrins have yet made. It exhibits modest alcohol as well as black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with hints of Provencal herbs and spice. This dense ruby-hued, medium-bodied, dry red is a terrific bargain. Consume it over the next several years.

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)

Winery Notes:
Since 1970, La Vieille Ferme has been producing authentic, honest and tasty wines vintage after vintage. In some of the world’s best restaurants and bars, La Vieille Ferme has been acknowledged as one of the best value for money wines in the world.

Description:
The Perrin family, also owners of the famous Château de Beaucastel, search for the most adapted terroirs to produce a fresh and fruity wine. Unpretentious, this is the archetypal pleasure wine; authentic, genuine and tasty.

Situation:
The vineyards are located on the slopes of Mont Ventoux. The altitude offers freshness, which provides a good acidity level to the grapes. The wine is therefore fresh, fruity and well balanced.

Terroir:
This varies according to altitude but consists for the most part of deposits left around the base of the chalky Mont Ventoux by the seas of the Tertiary period. Red Mediterranean soils blend with chalk debris and round stones.

Process:
This is adapted to suit each wine, grape variety and producer. Nearly all the grapes are lightly crushed and fermented in cement vats of 150 and 300 hectolitres. The fermentation is classic and extended. The wine is kept in both vats and large oak barrels for ten months, then bottled in July.

Grapes:
Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah

Tasting:
Appearance: deep cherry red. Nose: ripe fruit, rich and spicy. Palate: Red fruit (blackcurrant and blackberry), spice with a fresh finish.

Service:
17°C/60oF an easy-drinking wine for burgers, pizza or on its own.