2011 La Vieille Ferme Rouge

Year: 2011
Appellation: Cotes du Ventoux
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 86
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"The 2011 La Vieille Ferme red is usually about 50% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault. Considering they make 4 million bottles, the consistency is remarkable. The wine exhibits a deep color and loads of berry fruit as well as hints of Provencal herbs and spice. This is another delicious, fruit-forward wine that the world needs and gets from the Perrins. Drink it in the first several years of its life.

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:
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah

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

17C/60F an easy-drinking wine for burgers, pizza or on its own.

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