If you haven’t figured it out yet, Stephane Vedeau’s La Ferme du Mont is one of the up and coming superstars of the Southern Rhône. Moreover, don’t miss his Côtes du Rhône releases, or his Clos Bellane releases, for that matter—both of which fly under the radar..
2015 La Ferme du Mont Cotes du Rhone Premieres Cotes – (88-90)
The 2015 Côtes du Rhône Premiere Côte, which is based on 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, its deep ruby/purple color is followed by terrific notes of blueberries, strawberries, spring flowers and hints of garrigue. Drink this soft, medium-bodied, totally charming Côtes du Rhône on release and over the following 3-4 years.
2015 La Ferme du Mont Cotes du Rhône le Ponnant – (89-91+)
Offering more depth and richness, with tons of black raspberry, graphite, leather and pepper, the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages Le Ponnant (60/40 Grenache and Syrah) is medium to full-bodied, has beautiful purity, fine tannin and a great finish. It has a touch of modern flair, but everything is perfectly balanced and it has serious potential.
2014 L4 Ferme du Mont Vacqueyras Le Rif – (89-91)
From clay and gravel soils and brought up all in demi-muid, the 2014 Vacqueyras Le Rif is a ripe, sexy 2014 that has lots of plums, black raspberry, licorice and cured meat aromas and flavors. Made from 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah raised mostly in concrete tanks, it has outstanding potential and should have a decade of overall longevity.
2015 Le Ferme du Mont Gigondas Jugunda – (90-92)
Up with the finest vintages to date, the 2015 Gigondas Cotes Jugunda (80% Grenache and 20% Syrah aged in concrete and second fill barrels) offers medium to full-bodied richness, ripe tannin and terrific purity in its graphite, black cherry, garrigue and chocolaty aromas and flavors. It’s not a blockbuster, but it excels on its balance and length.
2015 La Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Vendange – 93
Looking first at his white and a big, rich, decadently styled effort, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Vendange Blanc (70% Grenache Blanc and 30% Roussanne) gives up classic, yet pedal-to-the-metal style aromas and flavors of sautéed apple, buttered citrus, spice, and a hint of nuttiness and brioche. It doesn’t pull any punches on the palate either and is medium to full-bodied, and beautifully concentrated and rich; yet for all its fruit and concentration, it still glides across the palate and stays fresh and lively. Bravo!.
2014 La Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape Vendange – (91-93)
The 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Vendange comes mostly from the la Crau lieu-dit and is 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre. Aged mostly in concrete tanks and 20% in barrels, this beauty is shockingly good in the vintage and has a full, rich, layered profile on the palate to go with lots of plum, violets, licorice and asphalt-like characteristics on the nose. Textured, concentrated and with fine tannin, it will drink well on release and evolve for a decade.
2015 La Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape Cotes Capelan – (94-97+)
Even better than the Vendange cuvee, and I suspect one of the wines of the vintage, Stephane’s 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Côtes Capelan is the top wine of the estate and is made from 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, raised 70% in concrete and 30% in barrels. There’s under 500 cases of this beauty and it reveals a deep purple color as well as decadent notes of blackberries, blackcurrants, crushed rocks and melted licorice. Full-bodied, thick, unctuous and massively concentrated, with ripe tannin and a killer finish, don’t miss it!