Jean Pierre Perrin established La Vieille Ferme over 35 years
ago, when he chose to produce an inexpensive, straightforward
Rhône wine to sell by direct mail to French wine lovers.
He used the same grape varieties in similar proportions
to those planted at the family's Château de Beaucastel, in a
similar vinification process. The result was an immediate success
in France, a wine of character and style in keeping with
its Beaucastel heritage.
Initially, Jean Pierre made only Côtes du Rhône, but steeply
rising grape prices in 1976 caused him to switch to Côtes
du Ventoux and eventually to produce a white wine from
the mountainous Côtes du Luberon. La Vieille Ferme was introduced to the United
States in 1970. The response was an immediate, overwhelming
acceptance and an outpouring of critical acclaim from
eminently knowledgeable critics who recognized La Vieille Ferme
for its consistently fine quality and value.
Learn More About Rhone White Blends
White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety can be blended into the predominant Syrah of Cote Rotie. Marsanne and Roussanne are two peas in pod - usually found together both in and outside of the Rhone region. Blends outside of the Rhone are mostly found in California and Australia and can include all of the four primary varieties together.
Notable Facts The whites blends of the Rhone are usually rich in fruit flavors and aromatics. Three of the primary grapes, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne are intense on aromatics & texture. The fourth primary grape used in the blend is Grenache Blanc, a fairly neutral grape with crisp acid & high sugars. Blending Grenache Blanc with the above three varieties helps the wine stand up in acid levels and ads a crispness to the texture. Flavors of white Rhone blends include spice, nut, honeysuckle and green apple.
Summing it up Successful Sites: Rhone, California, Australia, South Africa
Common Descriptors: honeysuckle, green apple, peach, nut, spice
Learn More About Rhone, France
Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau