A fantastic, consistent value red Rhône that is a charming companion to any dish.
Winery: 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 ultimately was 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.
Philosophy: Valuing nature and tradition, for 5 generations the Perrin family 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”.
Winemaking: Fermented in cement vats then “kept in both vats and large oak barrels for ten months, then bottled in July”.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with inviting aromas of cherry, earth and cozy baking spices. Parallel flavours of cherry, blackberry and earth are backed by dry tannins, finishing delightfully dry and spicy.
Blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault [I could not verify varietal percentages.]
Bottled by La Vielle Ferme
Enjoy now thru 2016