This blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault grapes has produced a typical Rhône Valley style. This is a richly fruity and supple wine, ruby-purple colored, with aromas of cassis and herbs, flavors of plum and blackberry on the palate.
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.
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About Other Rhône
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Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
About France - Other regions
When 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.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.