The Date and Time: Friday, November 24, 2017 1 – 3 PM
The Event: Tutored tasting with Stephane Vedeau, owner and winemaker of La Ferme du Mont (Cotes du Rhone).
The Venue: George Brown College Tasting Lab, King Street
The Target Audience: wine writers, bloggers and sommeliers
The Availability/Catalogue: only two current CdR vintages are available November, and the others are TBD from the LCBO. Eurovintage Int. is the Ontario agent.
The Quote/Background: Stephane Vedeau showed his knowledge of pH and controlled acidity which he believes are key to winemaking in the Cotes du Rhone. His wines are also organic, with natural/wild yeasts. No SO2 or filtering are used. No citric or tartaric acids are added. 50 hectares of old vines are cultivated. And the Grenache grape is his great passion...
The Wines: we tasted 13 wines in all, many from older vintages and last year.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Ferme du Mont Premiere Cote 2015 Cotes du Rhone +251645 $17.95
-La Ferme du Mont Premiere Cote 2011 Cotes du Rhone N/A
-La Ferme du Mont Premiere Cote 2013 Cotes du Rhone N/A
-La Ferme du Mont Le Ponnant 2010 Cotes du Rhone Villages N/A
-La Ferme du Mont Le Ponnant 2014 Cotes du Rhone Villages N/A
-La Ferme du Mont Gigondas Cotes Jugunda 2015 +354118 $32.95
-La Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape 2011 N/A
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Ferme du Mont La Truffiere 2016 $16.95 Under consideration, P/O for now
-La Ferme du Mont Le Ponnant 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages +171371 $20.95
-La Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape Cotes Capelan 2013 +78857 $82.95
-La Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape 2015 $48.95 Under consideration
-La Ferme du Mont Premiere Cote 2014 Cotes du Rhone N/A
-La Ferme du Mont Premiere Cote 2016 Cotes du Rhone N/A
The Food: charcuterie platter, cheeses, dried fruit, breads, biscuits.
The Downside: I had just come on time from a heavy New World Vintages tasting at the LCBO, and then we (at GBC) started a half hour late.
The Upside: a rare opportunity to taste older basic Cotes du Rhone wines.
The Contact Person: Daniela Lopera firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 91.