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2016 La Ferme du Mont "Vendange" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1376645 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Stéphane Vedeau's entry-level CdP is the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Vendange. It's about 80% Grenache and boasts classic regional notes of lavender and rosemary layered over strawberry and raspberry fruit. It's full-bodied and supple, yet it remains fresh, buttressed by hints of orange zest on the long, silky finish. Already approachable, it should drink well for a decade or more. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (JC)  (8/2018)

91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Leading off the 2016s from barrel, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vendange is a ripe, hedonistic barrel sample that's overflowing with fruit and texture. Plums, licorice, violets, and hints of asphalt all emerge from this uber-ripe, full-bodied beauty that doesn’t pull any punches. A blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each of Mourvèdre and Syrah, aged mostly in concrete (there’s a small amount in old barrels), it should certainly be an outstanding wine that’s going to shine for 10-15 years.  (10/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 Limpid ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of cherry, raspberry and smoky minerals are complemented by a suggestion of ganja. Shows good clarity and lift on the palate, offering ripe red fruit, spicecake and lavender flavors that become sweeter with air. At once rich and lively, with dusty tannins coming in late and adding grip to a long, floral-accented finish. (JR)  (7/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Succulent raspberry fruit, fantastic definition and freshness. Light tannic grip, smooth texture, plenty of ripeness on the persistence. Soft, supple, approachable, enjoyable. 17/20 points. (RH)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

La Ferme du Mont is the passion project of Stephane Vedeau who cultivates some 50 hectares of grapes in various spots throughout the southern Rhone. All vines are cultivated without the use of pesticides and chemicals. Each site is meant to be the truest reflection of the terroir and the grapes they produce. The Vendanges is a mix of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from the sandy and gravelly soils of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The wine spends about 12 months in a mix of tank (90%) and oak barrels (about 10%).


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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
Stephane's style of winemaking shows best in the Vendange. Working with minimal intervention, he is expressing the purity of the fruit in his wines. The warm gravelly soils give richer and riper profiles the Chateauneuf wines and they are evident here but it's the underlying acidity that give the wine lift and freshness that is sometimes at odds with more opulently extracted styles. This is just right though, showing gorgeous cherry compote and violet tones. Imminently appealing but worthy of a short stay in the cellar.

Staff Image By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/7/2018 | Send Email
Stéphane Vedeau from Domaine La Ferme du Mont has presented us with an incredible Châteauneuf du Pape at a very attractive price point. This wine has silky smooth fruit with the tannins melted into the juice as one entity giving this wine serious approachability. The 'Vendange' label is made for the un-fussy wine sipper that wants big quality without sacrificing the too many dollar bills.The 2016 vintage in Châteauneuf du Pape was an outstanding one which gave much ripeness and great fruit character to it's wines making it a year to stock-up on!
Drink from 2018 to 2025

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14
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