2011 La Vieille Ferme Blanc

Year: 2011
Appellation: Cotes du Luberon
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 86
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$5.99
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STILL A GREAT PRICE AND WELL WORTH IT!

"The 2011 La Vieille Ferme white comes from the Cotes du Luberon and is an interesting blend of Vermentino, Ugni Blanc and Grenache Blanc, completely naked, fresh and light to medium-bodied, with crisp grapefruit and citrus notes, as pure as a high alpine water source. It is meant to be drunk in its first 12 months of release while waiting for the next vintage, so don't make the mistake of aging this wine.

As I said last year, the Perrin family is a large one indeed, with brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois sitting at the top of the hierarchy and their four sons, Mathieu, Pierre, Thomas and Marc increasingly taking charge of their negociant business and their extensive estates throughout Southern Rhone. Now controlling over 1200 acres, as well as having a network of contracts, this operation is the equivalent of a major Southern Rhone train operating at high speed. Moreover, they are doing some incredible work in all price ranges. One of the Perrins- worldwide successes has been their least expensive wine, now in screw cap, La Vieille Ferme. Basically this is an under-$10 wine in both white and red that is exceptionally well-made, and the ideal inexpensive introduction to the viticulture of southern France." (WA)

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!

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

Situation:
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.

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

Process:
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.

Grapes:
Ugni Blanc, Vermentino, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc

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

Service:
14C/50F with a starter or a cold buffet.


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