2010 La Ferme du Mont "Côtes Jugunda" Gigondas
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Vedeau's 2010 Gigondas Cotes Jugunda was scheduled to be bottled shortly after my visit. Produced from 60-year-old vines (grown in a 5-acre parcel that is essentially decomposed limestone over a bed of red clay), it is a final blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, primarily aged in tank with a small quantity spending time in small barrels. Revealing exceptional potential, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as copious notes of mulberries, blueberries, black currants, licorice, flowers and damp forest floor. Full-bodied, pure and filled with personality, it should evolve effortlessly for 10-12 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque purple. Ripe dark berries and spices on the nose and palate. Deeply pitched, smoke-accented blackberry and cherry flavors are complicated by herbal and floral nuances. Shows good intensity on sappy, gently sweet, nicely persistent finish.
"One of the more exciting, relatively new estates in the southern Rhone is La Ferme du Mont, which is run with considerable enthusiasm as well as meticulous attention to detail by Stephane Vedeau," according to Robert Parker. "I bought his 2007s and am thrilled I did so as they combine the best of the southern Rhone with a Burgundian grand cru-like gracefulness and elegance. His 2011 and 2010 offerings are both outstanding, with the latter vintage possibly better than his 2007s." (10/2012) 14.5% abv.