The Date and Time: Tuesday July 21 2015 Noon to 2:30 PM
The Event: Winemaker Luncheon and Tasting for La Ferme du Mont, repped by Eurovintage.
The Venue: Novotel Esplanade
The Target Audience: wine media, sommeliers
The Availability/Catalogue: All of the wines are available or under consideration, see below.
The Quote/Background: Winemaker/vigneron Stephane Vedreau spoke to the eight wines at the tasting, which was followed by lunch for 20 people. These are massive and fruity Cotes du Rhone wines, with Gigondas and Chateauneuf du Pape leading the way. 50 hectares of old vines are cultivated on the estate, in a natural environment. Organic fertilizers are used, with no pesticides (other than in the case of disease). Vedreau's personal philosophy is to create elegance, freshness and fruit balance.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Bellane 2012 Cote du Rhone Villages Valpeas Les Echalas, 14% ABV, ~$35 - 100% roussanne
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Le Ferme du Mont Rose 2014 Cote du Rhone, 13% ABV, $16.95 under consideration - 100% grenache
-Le Ferme du Mont Premiere Cote 2012 Cote du Rhone, 14% ABV, $14.95 Vintages +251645 - 60% grenache 30% syrah
-Le Ferme du Mont Gigondas Cotes Jugunda 2013, 14% ABV, $29.95 under consideration - 80% grenache, 20% syrah
-Le Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape Cotes Capelan 2011, 14.5% ABV, $80 Classics +78857 - 80% grenache, 10% syrah. 10% mourvedre
-Chateau Bellane 2013 Cote du Rhone Villages Valpeas Purete 400, 14% ABV, ~$24
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Ferme du Mont La Truffiere 2014 Cote du Rhone, 13% ABV, $16.95 under consideration - 50% white grenache, 40% viognier
-Le Ferme du Mont Le Ponnant 2012 Cote du Rhone, 14% ABV, $18.95 Vintages +171371 - 60% grenache, 40% syrah
The Food: Lunch began with an off-dry spinach salad (terrific with the whites and rose), followed by a striploin -- just perfect with the dominant reds.
The Downside: we started late
The Upside: a chance to speak with Vedreau.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.