La Vieille Ferme Rouge 2009
Rhone Red Blends from Vin de France, France
This blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault grapes has produced a typical Rhône Valley style; full of fruit and spice aromas, it has soft tannins and good body.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux red, which, like the white is aged totally in tank, is composed of 50% Grenache and the rest other grapes such as Carignan, Cinsault, and Syrah. It offers copious aromas of cherry fruit intermixed with peppery, spicy garrigue notes. A surprisingly flavorful, easygoing red, it provides tremendous relief to the beleaguered consumer looking for good quality at the $10 price point."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby. Lively red fruits and spices on the nose and in the mouth. Light-bodied and a bit jammy but shows good energy and clarity. Finishes clean and brisk, with lingering bitterness and a touch of cracked pepper. Given its production level and price, this wine's quality is most impressive. It's also available pretty much everywhere."
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 Review33 out of 5 stars
4 ratings, 4 with reviewsPBubbas - Apollo Beach, FL19/9/2016Did not prefer the aftertaste. The wine itself fell flat for me. If you are good at pairing wine with food, this may be a nice economical option.Terry LaFrankie - West Chester, OH312/9/2010dry red with a slight aftertaste.Carol Anne - Richmond, VA311/29/2010This is a wine I've bought quite often to enjoy before or with dinner. It is so versitile - smooth, not too heavy, and pairs well with many foods. A friend of mine, who lived in France for many years, and has a very sophisticated palate for food and wine, had a glass at my house one evening. He inquired about the wine and said it was quite good - and was surprised to learn that it was priced under 8 dollars a bottle. I wasn't sure if he was being kind, until I saw that he recommended this to another friend as the red wine to serve at their wedding!411/11/2010Nice table wine. Not heavy, not too light. Took first taste after an Irish cheese and was worried about the quality. Second tast followed a garlic hummus and totally changed the flavor. Pair it with meat, garlic roasted anything. For the price twist the top and have it again tomorrow.