La Vieille Ferme Blanc 2011
Rhone White Blends from Vin de France, France
Bright yellow with a hint of green. This elegant and fruity wine comes from vines grown high on the slopes of the Luberon Mountains, one of the Rhone Valley's coolest vineyards.
The blend of Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanc and Rousanne grapes has produced a typical Rhone Valley white that is soft, balanced and deliciously aromatic.
Decanter - "Wide, varied and rather Sauvignon Blanc on the nose. Steady depth, brisk spine with local imprint. Ace value."
Tasting Panel - "Fresh, smooth and spicy with lush texture and ripe, aromatic flavors; clean, long and balanced with style and good length."
La Vieille Ferme Winery
Jean Pierre Perrin established La Vieille Ferme over 35 years ago, when he chose to produce an inexpensive, straightforward Rhône wine to sell by direct mail to French wine lovers. He used the same grape varieties in similar proportions to those planted at the family's Château de Beaucastel, in a similar vinification process. The result was an immediate success in France, a wine of character and style in keeping with its Beaucastel heritage.
Initially, Jean Pierre made only Côtes du Rhône, but steeply rising grape prices in 1976 caused him to switch to Côtes du Ventoux and eventually to produce a white wine from the mountainous Côtes du Luberon. La Vieille Ferme was introduced to the United States in 1970. The response was an immediate, overwhelming acceptance and an outpouring of critical acclaim from eminently knowledgeable critics who recognized La Vieille Ferme for its consistently fine quality and value. View all La Vieille Ferme Wines
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Vin de Pays(vahn duh peh-YEE)
One of the lower levels in the French Classification system, Vin de Pays is an intermediary wine, created for vineyards who were not quite AC, but vastly superior to Vin de Table wine. Vin de Pays has restrictions similar to the AC, but on a lesser scale. Regulations include specified region, minimum alcohol level and grape varieties. The wine also goes through a tasting panel. Some winemakers able to make wine at an AC level, instead choose to create wine at the Vin de Pays level as it allows more flexibility in grape varieties and yields. There are five regional Vin de Pays, with the most popular being Vin Pays d'Oc (from Languedoc & Roussillon). Vin de Pays wines offer wonderful value and good wine finds.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4.54.3 out of 5 stars
3 ratings, 2 with reviewsSamantha Cernock - Spring Lake, NC47/12/2013Jay Heinrichs - Canaan, NH47/2/2013
A good, serviceable white, fruity but with enough tannins to make it interesting.NinaM - Lincoln, NE54/8/2013
- Fruity & Smooth
Easy, enjoyable white wine with enough complexity to keep one entertained.
- Fruity & Smooth