2010 La Ferme du Mont "Côtes du Capelan" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1150569 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The prodigious 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cotes Capelan boasts abundant notes of acacia flowers interwoven with blackberries, black raspberries, licorice, incense and a touch of graphite. The wine hits the palate with tremendous authority, impressive purity, a skyscraper-like texture and a full-bodied, layered finish that lasts for nearly 50 seconds. This remarkable Chateauneuf du Pape has a natural yet seductive feel. Drink it over the next two decades. 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. 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. (RP)  (10/2012)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The best Côtes Capelan yet, the 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a spectacular bottle of wine that oozes class and elegance! Deeply colored, it offers up a perfumed, complex, and decidedly fresh bouquet of black and blue fruits, violets, spring flowers, forest floor, resin, and cracked pepper that is rich and decadent, yet also refined and vividly clear and delineated. This full-bodied 2010 has a seamless, focused texture, gorgeous freshness, and a firm, very focused and structured finish. Nothing is out of place, it is perfectly balanced, and has more than enough structure and depth to evolve for upwards of two decades. Hats off to proprietor Stéphane Vedeau and this is an estate the needs to be on every Châteauneuf-du-Pape lovers radar!  (9/2012)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5