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La Ferme du Mont Cotes du Rhone Premier Cote 2020  - First Bottle


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Dense and dark, this shows nice range and concentration to mulled cherry, damson plum, anise, pepper and baking spices all grounded by a firm layer of graphite. Warm earth, incense and Earl Grey tea fill out the background with violet highlights on the nicely framed finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2027. 10,000 cases made, 700 cases imported.

Technical Details

  • Blend60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
  • WinemakerStéphane Vedeau
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone Valley
  • AppellationCotes du Rhone
  • Aging/CooperageAged in concrete tank with slow evolution, some old Burgundian pieces of 228L
  • Residual Sugar1.1
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • PH3.68
  • TA3.35g/100mLs

La Ferme du Mont Cotes du Rhone Premier Cote 2020

Rhone Blends  |  France

25% off retail!

Call this a “cellar defender”, call it your new house red (it is currently mine!), but don’t call it wimpy, that’s for sure. Rich, dark, spicy, and packed with deep, yet bright red fruit and complex Chateauneuf-du-Pape-like aromatics, this is an outrageously over-delivering new vintage of La Ferme du Mont – for an unbelievable price!

Stephane Vedeau is back, and time and time again we are astonished to see how his entire portfolio increases in quality every single vintage! We tasted with the man himself in Paris earlier in the year,! This Côtes du Rhône is certainly his best yet. So much to love – like the brilliant, and energetic younger sibling of CdP. 60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% mourvèdre, certified organic, bottled fresh after 8 months concrete aging, brimming with ripe red berries and kirsch, the wonderful “garrigues” (sweet wild herbs) that we crave in grenache and the signature soft tannins that Stephane cherishes. Just killer stuff!

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

Stephane Vedeau, the professional soccer player turned Southern Rhone vintner extraordinaire continues his conquest of the Southern Rhone, as he further expands his relationships to get access to some of the best fruit the region has to offer. Grown on the large rolled pebbles and chipped gravel soils that have made Chateauneuf-du-Pape legendary, these 50-year-old vines flourish in the intense Mistral winds. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented separately, before careful blending. At UNDER $15, this is simply a tremendous value for a red that will outshine many a bottle three times the price. Our advice: get some, and get more than you think!

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.”