La Vieille Ferme Luberon Blanc - 2017

Renowned for its exceptional value for money (included recently in the famous Wall Street Journal), La Vieille Ferme Blanc is the archetype of Rhône whites. Fruity, crisp and soft with great body. A wonderful “enjoyment” wine!

Presentation

The vintage
This 2017 vintage will be remembered as the year of all records: the driest year in 30 years, non-interventionist vineyard work, optimal harvest conditions, a very small yield due to climatic hazards, and wines with very rich potential.
Description
If you enjoy quaffable wines, this one is ideal as an aperitif or paired with a simple meal.
Situation
Mainly within the Parc Regional du Luberon, which is equidistant from Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Manosque.
The average altitude of the vineyards is 300 metres/1000 feet above sea-level, and the grapes are harvested relatively late.
Terroir
Old alluvial deposits of round and flat stones, calcareous marl and patches of clay created by alluvial alpine flows.
Process
The grapes are lightly crushed, then pressed in a pneumatic press, prior to clarification of the must and cool fermentation.
This takes place in vats for 90% of the blend, with 10% fermented in new oak barrels with lees-stirring.
The wine remains in stainless steel tanks until the month of January, when the wine is bottled after fining.
Varietals
Bourboulenc
Grenache Blanc
Roussanne
Ugni Blanc
Vermentino

Tasting advices

Tasting notes
Beautiful yellow dress with green highlights. The nose is intense, the mouth is full of freshness and tense, it presents a nice balance in the mouth, between acidity and volume. It continues on a long finish with lemon-citrus notes.
Serving tips
8°C with a starter or a cold buffet.

Reviews and Awards

92/100
"I've recommended this wine before but it deserves another mention because it is indeed bone dry and offers exceptional value for money. A blend of Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc and Vermentino from the south of France, it cascades with subtle notes of yellow plum, white flowers, nectarine and mixed citrus that taper to a long, misty mineral and sea spray finish. Restrained, polished and delicate, this wine goes with pretty much anything you care to serve with it - though my suggestion would be goat cheese salad sprinkled with walnuts."
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"Always a winner, this is one of the most reliable Southern Rhône white wines on the market and the reason it is always a star is that the Perrin family has the highest of standards. With meadow-flower notes on the nose and a crunchy, green apple finish, this quiet wine is a hidden gem."
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