La Vieille Ferme Ventoux Rouge 2011

La Vieille Ferme Ventoux Rosé was one of my favourite Rosés of 2012 so I was enthusiastic to give its red sister, La Vieille Ferme Ventoux Rouge 2011 a pour. La Vieille Ferme was founded in 1970 by Jean Pierre Perrin [of Château Beaucastel fame] as a channel for him to produce inexpensive, straightforward Rhône wines to sell by direct mail in France. It was a successful venture and later introduced to international markets where they were met with much acclaim due to their high quality and value. Famille Perrin is the leading organic winegrower in the Southern Rhône Valley; the vinification processes and grape varieties at La Vieille Ferme [The Old Farm] mirror those in place at Château Beaucastel in Châteauneuf du Pape. Valuing nature and tradition, for 5 generations they have produced wine under a philosophy of “absolute respect for the soil, a commitment to manual methods, and a deep belief that organic viticulture is the only way to express the true essence of the terroir.”

 

Transparent cherry red in colour, after aerating aromas of raspberry and traces of earthy minerals rose from the glass.  Fruity flavours of raspberry, red current and tart cherry were joined by light green tea tannins in the medium body. White peppercorn and hints of flinty minerals comprised the pleasantly dry finish. Simple, charming and a wonderful value, this is a fruity table wine that brightens up any dish.

 

Winemaker’s blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault
Ventoux/Rhône Valley
France
Bottled by La Vieille Ferme, Orange
13.5% Alcohol
$9
Enjoy now thru 2014

Rated 86 points by the Wine Advocate

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