2016 La Ferme du Mont "Première Côte" Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1376648 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The exuberant 2016 Cotes du Rhone Premiere Cote is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, aged predominantly in tank. Hints of garrigue and truffles accent ripe berries, while the medium-bodied palate is silky in texture and finishes long and savory. It's a dynamite wine for drinking over the next several years. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (JC)  (8/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Classic red fruit and rich spices with juicy structure and lovely fruit persistence. Impressive - especially for the price! 16/20 points. (RH)  (11/2017)

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 Premiere Cote comes from the village of Courthezon (one of the villages that is also part of the Chateuneuf appellation) from the heavy pebble ladened vineyards of the area. it is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre that is all vinified separately in concrete tanks before the final assembly is done.


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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/27/2018 | Send Email
So a man walked into the store and said "Gimme something I can drink and enjoy for under fifteen bucks!" Red, white or rose? "Red....something good though." A fellow of obvious taste and distinction, I head him over to the Rhone/French Regional section, and say "You can't do better than this $11.99 beauty, brimming with bright, buoyant red fruit, a potpourri of spice, loam and wild herbs, culminating in a luscious, satiny finish." He responded, "But is it good?" Some people.... end of story, he bought two bottles. And it was good.
Top Value!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
Where to begin with Stephane Vedeau's wines? From top to bottom, they offer great character and quality that is each indicative of their terroir. The basic Premier Cote is a great place to start. Coming from the younger vines on this site, the wine is loaded with so much fresh red berry fruit. Opening with raspberries and strawberries the wine moves into bright floral tones on the palate. This is a wildly fruited and engaging style. You'll taste it and be back for more in no time.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2018 | Send Email
We see a lot of fantastic entry-level Cotes du Rhones cycle through the shelves at K&L-- so many that it's easy to get spoiled on the consistent quality, and the individual bottles can start to mesh together in the memory. That being said, the 2016 "Premiere Cote" from Stephane Vedeau manages to stand-out from the crowd in spectacular fashion. The 10% Mourvedre added to the Syrah/Grenache blend gives it a bit more tannic edge than its counterparts, enriching the ripe red fruit and creating a long, beautiful finish. Grab a case now and watch it unfold even further over the next few years.

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:

Gigondas

Alcohol Content (%): 14
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