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.
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!
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