Thursday, July 30, 2015

Report from ... La Ferme du Mont Lunch and Tasting - July 21, 2015

The set up for La Ferme du Mont
A lunch and tasting at the Novotel Esplanade in Toronto (Cafe Nicole) with winemaker and owner of La Ferme du Mont winery in the Rhone Valley, Stephane Vedeau ... eight wines were poured - 6 scheduled and two special wines that Stephane "brought over in his luggage".  Here's what we learned ...

"Making wine is only interesting when the terroir is special."
- Stephane Vedeau

2014 La Truffiere ($16.95)
50% Grenache White, 40% Viognier (3% Botrytis Affected), 10% Clairette
Nice acidity with pineapple, melon and minerality - long finish and good weight
(*** 1/2+)
2014 Rose ($16.95)
100% Grenache
Aromas full of citrus pith followed on the palate with
raspberry and grapefruit pith - dry and refreshing
(*** 1/2)
First of the "special" wines
2012 Clos Bellene "Les Echalas" ($16.95)
100% Rousanne (late harvested in November)
Aromas of melon and pineapple rind with lime zest
Mouthfeel is round and thick, dry and pleasant
Impressive vicosity with a buckwheat linger
(*** 1/2+)
2012 "Premier Cote" - Cote du Rhone ($14.95)
60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
Pinot-esque in its delicacy: mineral, raspberry, sour cherry
with blackberry, cassis and some savoury notes - fresh and clean
14.2% alcohol is not noticeable on either the nose or palate

2012 "Le Ponnant" - Cote du Rhone Villages ($18.95)
60% Grenache (oldest vineyards), 40% Syrah
Licorice, spice, blackberry, spiced-cranberry, loads of acidity
with great mid-palate layered with red and black fruit.
Keeps getting better and fruitier with each sip.
Finishes with licorice, black cherry and blackberry
2013 "Jugundas" - Gigondas ($29.95)
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Big red berry notes with hints of anise, vanilla, smoke and
minerality ... fresh, full and lovely with raspberry, strawberry
and pepper on the finish. Savoury, supple and floral - great value
(**** 1/2)
Second of the "special" wines
2013 Clos Bellene "Purete 400"
100% Grenache
Red licorice, raspberry, strawberry jam - fruity and fun
misleadingly light, simple yet balanced and delicious
(*** 1/2+)

2011 "Cote Capelan" - Chateauneuf du Pape ($80.00)
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
2.5 hectares of pre-phylloxera Grenache aged in top selection of oak.
Rich red and black fruit with chocolate, cherry, blackberry, licorice
and spice - nice balanced tannins
(**** 1/2)

Other Pictures from the Lunch ...

Stephane Vedeau talks about his wines
The eight wines of the tasting
Simple sirloin for lunch paired well with the Rhone reds
Rich chocolate cake for dessert - another red pairing
"Super Sommelier" Zoltan Szabo examines the wine

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