Grape Variety: Bordeaux blend – 35% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec.
Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Bordeaux, France.
Price: $11.24 (with a 25% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: Harris Teeter Grocery Store; Kernersville, North Carolina.
Paired With: Venison meatloaf with Madeira sauce, mashed potatoes and tomatoes with fresh basal and sour cream/Lawry’s salt topping.
Note: Every now and again, when we find a good sale, we purchase wine we know nothing about from the grocery store. This is one of those sale-price “pig in a poke” grocery store wines. Generally we try to get non-domestic brands simply because we have been disappointed so frequently with sweet, poor quality wines…especially the reds. However, occasionally we get lucky and discover a real winner…a wine with excellent quality that’s sold at a very low price…e.g. La Vieille Ferme Recolte Blanc 2019.
Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, bronzy ruby color with a light purple rim. Light blackberry, whiffs of floral and wet conifer foliage aromas that slowly grew with each pour. Smooth, very dry and inviting mouthfeel, surprisingly light body and a 100-grit texture. Light indistinguishable black and red fruit flavors, but with a background of medicinal tastes. Medium acidity, but not quite enough to give it the fresh taste we expected, soft disappointing tannins and a medium length fruity finish. This was a VERY simple smooth and fruity Bordeaux with little bouquet, narrow range of flat tastes and uncharacteristic tannins. On the last pour there were perceptible tannins, but the medicinal taste overrode any palate improvement. With all that said if your not into fine Bordeaux wines you will probably like the soft uncharacteristic properties and inexpensive price tag of this wine. We called it a drinkable, but unexciting Bordeaux.
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Closure: Thin aluminum covered 45mm natural cork.
UPC Code: 8 54131 007 27 4
Imported by: Boutique Beverage Company; Wilmington, North Carolina.