Wine Advocate, october 2017
2016 La Ferme du Mont • Vacqueyras Le Rif – 90
La Ferme du Mont’s 2016 Vacqueyras Le Rif offers an exotic bouquet of spiced stone fruit. It’s full-bodied and supple, fruit-driven and opulent, but in a good way. It should drink well for another 5-8 years.
2016 La Ferme du Mont • Gigondas Cotes Jugunda (91 – 93)
Exotically ripe, the 2016 Gigondas Cotes Jugunda overflows with scents and flavors of apricot, raspberries and cherries. I even thought I caught a whiff of banana. This showy, full-bodied wine is creamy and lush on the palate, with a long, fruit-driven finish.
Jeb Dunnuck, october 2017
2016 La Ferme du Mont Châteauneuf-du-Pape Capelan – 94-97
Based on 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, partially destemmed and aged in old barrel, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Capelan is going to be another blockbuster from this estate. Cassis, roasted plums, licorice and roasted herbs all flow to a massive, rich, full-bodied, unctuous beauty that has serious depth and richness. With sweet tannin, beautiful purity, it’s a sensational effort that’s going to have two decades of longevity.
2016 La Ferme du Mont Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vendange -93 points
The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vendange is a rich, decadent white that ticks all the right boxes. Made from 60% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne and the balance Bourboulenc and Clairette, brought up in new oak, its medium gold color is followed by terrific notes of caramelized peach and pineapple fruits, spice, honey and toasted bread. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, layered and textured, it’s impressive and is going to shine on the dinner table. There are just 50 cases made and I’d happily drink bottles over the coming 2-3, and I suspect it will keep longer.
2016 La Ferme du Mont Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vendange 91-93
Leading off the 2016s from barrel, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vendange is a ripe, hedonistic barrel sample that’s overflowing with fruit and texture. Plums, licorice, violets, and hints of asphalt all emerge from this uber-ripe, full-bodied beauty that doesn’t pull any punches. A blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each of Mourvèdre and Syrah, aged mostly in concrete (there’s a small amount in old barrels), it should certainly be an outstanding wine that’s going to shine for 10-15 years.
2016 La Ferme du Mont Gigondas Jugunda 90-92+
Stepping outside Châteauneuf du Pape, both the Gigondas and Vacqueyras from Vedeau are outstanding wines. The 2016 Gigondas Jugunda (80/20 Grenache and Syrah) is a medium to full-bodied, pure, elegant and downright classy 2016 that has lots of strawberries, spring flowers, sappy herbs and a hint of vanilla bean aromatics. Raised mostly in concrete tanks, with 50% in second-fill demi-muids, it’s going to evolve nicely for 10-12 years.
2016 La Ferme du Mont Vacqueyras Le Rif 91
Also outstanding, the ruby/purple-tinged 2016 Vacqueyras Le Rif (60/40 Grenache and Syrah) has a ripe, savory, complex style, lots of cured meats, spice and garrigue aromatics, medium to full-bodied richness and tons of darker berry fruit that comes out on the palate. It’s a hidden gem that delivers everything you could want from this appellation and is well worth buying.
Jancis Robinson 2017
La Ferme du Mont Vendange 2016 Châteauneuf‐du‐Pape 10 Oct 2017 17 2018 ‐ 2036
80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah. Cask sample.
Succulent raspberry fruit, fantastic definition and freshness. Light tannic grip, smooth texture, plenty of
ripeness on the persistence. Soft, supple, approachable, enjoyable. (RH)
La Ferme du Mont Jugunda 2016 Gigondas 11 Oct 2017 17 2019 ‐ 2029
Fleshy, generously oaked and full of juicy bramble fruits on the palate. Very fine tannin and lovely violet
fragrance to finish. Sophisticated and elegant – manages to deliver the full force of the appellation while
maintaining delicacy. (RH)
La Ferme du Mont Le Rif 2016 Vacqueyras 12 Oct 2017 16 2018 ‐ 2024
Crunchy red fruit, silky but full‐on tannin leaving a drying finish, not much complexity beyond the ripe fruit.
Medium body gives good balance. Solid, dependable southern Rhône style. (RH)
La Ferme du Mont Première Côte 2016 Côtes du Rhône 20 Nov 2017 16 2017 ‐ 2018
Classic red fruit and rich spices with juicy structure and lovely fruit persistence. Impressive – especially for
the price! (RH)
La Ferme du Mont Le Ponnant 2016 Côtes du Rhône‐Villages 20 Nov 2017 16.5 2017 ‐ 2020
Excellent fruit character on the nose and palate, which delivers more clarity and intensity than many at this
price. Floral finish with lifted violet aromas. Very tasty! (RH)
Decanter, october 2017
La Ferme du Mont, Capelan, Châteauneuf‐du‐Pape 2016
Tasted by Matt Walls(at En primeur tastings, Rhône, 09 Oct 2017)
Fermented in concrete, then matured in a combination of concrete and old barriques. It has a deeply
vinous nose with a slight recollection of antique shops, before young primary berry fruit surges to the
fore. This is very full‐bodied and rich, deeply tannic but ripe. Like his Vendange, this wine gives the
impression that it made itself with no external force. It’s a wine that you dive into ‐ pure pleasure.
Drinking Window 2020 – 2032
La Ferme du Mont, Le Rif, Vacqueyras, Rhône, France, 2016
Tasted by Matt Walls(at En primeur tastings, Rhône, 09 Oct 2017)
A wonderfully inviting nose of lifted berry fruits with sparks of cracked black pepper. There’s plenty of
juicy berry fruits and a raft of ripe tannins on the palate. It’s a natural, unforced, slightly rustic example,
and none the worse for it.
Drinking Window 2019 – 2023
La Ferme du Mont, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Le Ponnant, 2016
Tasted by Matt Walls(at En primeur tastings, Rhône, 09 Oct 2017)
There is good depth and interest to the aromas here, with damson alongside some subtle resin notes.
Full‐bodied and powerful on the palate, the lush, fleshy plum fruit continues into the long finish. There is
ample balancing acidity and tight, fine tannin on the finish. It’s a wine that feels more gently steered to
its final state rather than micro‐managed; it’s not overly polished and retains some texture and detail.
Drinking Window 2017 – 2020
eRobertParker.com #227 Oct 2016
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!
J Livingstone-Learmonth - Novembre 2016
LA FERME DU MONT, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Côte Capelan red
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre from clay-limestone, galet stone covered soils,
Courthézon, destemmed, destemmed, 3-5 week vinification at 22-23°C, pumping overs, lees
worked, aged 70% concrete vat, 30% 1-2-3 year oak casks 14-18 months, unfined, unfiltered
(vat/casks) dark sheen, dark robe. The nose centres on soaked fruits with a dampness attached, black
cherries and blackberries to the fore. The palate holds stylish, wavy content, the juicy fruit
freewheeling well into a safe corral of ripe, squeezy tannin on the finish. The aftertaste is grainy still,
with some mixed, dried herbes de Provence. This is a rounded, pleasurable, textured Châteauneuf for
serving in a large glass. 14.5°. From 2019. 2030-32 Sept 2016
LA FERME DU MONT, Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Ferme du Mont
80% Grenache (1900s-1920s), 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre from sandy, galet stone covered soils
at Courthézon, destemmed, 2+ month vinification, pumping overs, lees worked, aged 90%
concrete vat, 10% oak casks 12 months, unfined, unfiltered, has been called Côtes Vendanges
d’Octobre, 15,000 b
2015 ( )
(vat/cask) very dark robe, black with a purple rim. The nose gives a grapey charge, liquid just out of
the vat, is very full and wide, brimming with ripe fruit. This is Big Wine, by design. The palate gives a
thick coulis of black berry fruit with touches of salt that help its movement, indeed are necessary to
save it from being overblown. It’s still a wine to sip rather than drink freely. The aftertaste gives
coated content. Its balance is affected by the power within. 14.5°. From 2020. 2030-32 Sept 2016
Jancis Robinson - Novembre 2016
La Ferme du Mont, Première Côte 2015 Côtes du Rhône – 16 points
60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. Cement tanks.
Tasted blind. Dark crimson. Thick and sinewy – much, much more interesting than the average Côtes du Rhône! Lots of pace and interest here. Savoury, and really well made. Dramatically better than its class. Some quite assertive tannins as well as all that ripe fruit.
La Ferme du Mont, Le Ponnant 2015 Côtes du Rhône-Villages – 16 points
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah. Élevage in concrete and demi-muids.
Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Massively concentrated, sweet, ripe nose. Thick start with some vegy edge. A hugely dramatic CDRV. Over-delivery in spades – though it does not seem as concentrated as the Ferme du Mont Côtes du Rhône. Likely to be VGV
eRobertParker.com #223 Mar 2016
Proprietor Stephane Vedeau continues to produce a bevy of high-quality Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf du Papes. Readers need to check out his Côtes du Rhônes as they represent superb values. His 2012s and 2013s are terrific.
Wine Advocate #209 Oct 2013
Run by the talented Stephane Vedeau, this is an up-and-coming estate of which readers need to take note. Across the board, the wines deliver fantastic quality and over-deliver; since 2007, they’ve been near the top of every vintage. In addition to superb Chateauneufs, don’t miss Vedeau’s Cotes du Rhones.
MATT WALLS Rhône 2014 Special Report
94 La Ferme du Mont Châteauneuf-du-Pape Côtes Capelan
90% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 14.5%, BDI £500.00 (2010)
Deep, dark, brooding, tightly-wound fruits of the forest. Intense explosion of flavour – incredible
concentration and very, very long. Crunchy mineral and tannic structure – extremely primary but very
exciting to taste. A full-throttle wine but not without charm; the oak is present but it’s the fruit that
dominates. A very impressive wine. 2017-2030
92 La Ferme du Mont Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vendange
80% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 14.5%, RFW £240.00 (2010)
Vibrant, spicy, intense and slightly meaty. Medium-bodied, with intense acidity and fine-grained tannic
and mineral structure. Very dry, very savoury, but with really bright, intense fruit – cranberry, black
pepper, blackberry. A fountain of joyful, hedonistic flavour. Some pleasing grain to the tannin on the long,
saline finish. 2016-2029
93 La Ferme du Mont Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vendange
70% Grenache, 20% Clairette, 10% Roussanne, 14.0%, BDI ??
Slightly botryised Roussanne for aromatic interst; some underippe Grenache Blanc for acidity. Beautifully
lifted and vibrant spicy/floral nose – the botrytis does show a little if you know to look for it. Soft and
rounded, but not overly full in body and features some tangy citrus flavour. Good acid balance and fairly
long. A wine with a complex structure and fine mineral backbone wich counteracts the plumpness of fruit.
An admirably drinkable style. A wine with lots to talk about. 800 bottles. 2015-2019