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La Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf-du-Pape Capelan Rouge 2019  - First Bottle


98 Falstaff -
Dark ruby ??garnet, violet reflections, delicate ocher rim lightening. Fine red berry nuances, delicate liquorice, cherries, dried herbs, orange blossoms in the background, multi-faceted bouquet. Juicy, firm and complex, ripe black cherries, supporting tannins, mineral and spicy on the finish, good freshness, lingers for a long time, fine nougat on the finish, has class and potential, but definitely needs time.
95+ Jeb Dunnuck -
Mostly Grenache with 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, brought up in 70% new barrels, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cotes Capelan reveals a dense purple hue as well as powerful notes of ripe blackberries, blueberries, spicy wood, and peppy garrigue. This rich, full-bodied, incredibly concentrated beauty has a great mid-palate, ripe, building tannins, and just loads of fruit and opulence. It's going to take 7-8 years for this to shed some baby fat and gain some elegance, but it's balanced and beautifully done.
95 Decanter -
Very darkly coloured, full-bodied and weighty on the palate with a deep-set acidity. Powerful, but there's depth and energy at its core that bodes well for future development. No excesses here, lean, direct and handles its oak with ease. Grown on a variety of soil types, fermented in concrete then matured 70% in new barriques, 30% in concrete.
95 Jeff Leve -
Deeply colored, the wine explodes with black raspberry, fresh herbs, iron, dark cherries and strawberry jam. Rich, concentrated, long, powerful and yet balanced, fresh and character driven, give this gem a few years in the cellar and it is going to be off the hook! Drink from 2025 - 2038

Technical Details

  • Blend80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone
  • AppellationChateauneuf-du-Pape
  • VineyardCapelan
  • Aging/Cooperage70% in new barriques and 30% in concrete
  • Alcohol14.5%

La Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf-du-Pape Capelan Rouge 2019

Grenache  |  France
FS98, JD95+, DC95, JL95

23% off retail!

Do not miss this gorgeous wine from pro footballer turned winemaker, Stephane Vedeau – with a stunning 98 POINTS – this is one of the top CdPs of the marvelous 2019 vintage! All at our mind-boggling price today!

This is quite simply classic Châteauneuf that straddles the line of "modern" and "traditional" beautifully, and in ‘19, it is in full bloom. Warm raspberry and raspberry liquor, kirsch, garrigue, and strawberry pith with great purity and intensity. This has Stephane’s signature complexity and depth of flavor that gives it incredible length and class. BRAVO! If you don't have any 2019 Châteauneuf in your life right now, it's time to get some before it all disappears for good!

“This is a seriously talented winemaker who is quickly emerging as a star of the southern Rhone.” – Robert Parker, Jr.

We love everything Stephane Vedeau does (especially his masterful wine professionals, we spit out gallons of wine every day and Stephane is a true master spitter). We tasted with him in Paris a few weeks back and this wine was the hit of the day! And we’re talking about a day where we tasted literally a hundred different wines, folks. This is all class, and as good as the rest of the La Ferme du Mont portfolio is… this was undoubtedly the cream of the crop for 2019. Old vines, from the classic galets (large rolled pebbles) and sandy soils of a northeastern-facing terrace in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 80% grenache, plus 10% each of syrah and mourvedre, this is classically styled, scrumptious, and concentrated. There’s a weight and purity here that is remarkable – where red raspberry, black cherry, and strawberry notes achieve a fully ripe, yet not jammy, profile, and a rush of myriad spices and minerals fill in all the crevices to grant the wine a tremendous depth and never-ending finish. This is packed like a fist for now, but there is simply too much going on here for the wine to be closed off completely. An amazing transformation with twenty minutes in the glass, but we’d say better still with another few years in bottle. 98 points for just a whisper over $50?! That’s the kind of Châteauneuf we can never get enough of! First come, first served, this will go fast!

About the Producer

“La Ferme du Mont in the Southern Rhone boasts a mosaic of vineyards, now owned and vinified by Stephane Vedeau. Formerly a soccer player in Paris, Stephane shifted to winemaking in 1989 and spent 15 years making award-winning wines in the Languedoc. Stephane arrived in the Rhone Valley in 2000, creating La Ferme du Mont in the Southern Rhone where he continues to produce wines with freshness and soul using native yeasts and biodynamic methods. From La Ferme du Mont’s very first vintages, Robert Parker noted, “Stephane Vedeau one of the young, energetic Turks of Chateâuneuf-du-Pape , has emerged from the woodwork to produce stunning wines…This is a seriously talented winemaker who is quickly emerging as a star of the southern Rhone.”