la vielle fermeYes, it’s thin on the palate and simple with lots of acidity. So why do I like this wine?

It is a perfect example of what an inexpensive wine from the Southern  Rhone valley should taste like. If you like Châteauneuf-du-Pape on special occasions you will like this as an everyday wine.

Bright, black cherry and subtle earth notes on the nose with spice emerging with a little aeration. Some green leafy aromas often found in rustic, inexpensive wines. Light to medium weight on the palate, the barest hint of oak and a very dry, slightly sour finish.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault, it lacks concentration and length but is very easy to drink and the ample acidity will make this a good partner for a variety of foods.

Rustic charm and very affordable, this wine is made by the Perrin family who make the highly-regarded Chateau Beaucastel.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Price: $8

Score: 84