La Ferme du Mont knows that fine wine can only be achieved with top-quality grapes. Their old vines are tended to year round without chemical intervention, but with a careful eye to supporting perfect fruit. This is a plush beauty with flavors of dried strawberries and plums dusted in cinnamon and cocoa. The fullness of the body is balanced by sunny acidity and firm tannins. Look for the hint of wild brush lingering on the finish.
One of the stars in the vintage is the 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape Vendange, and it looks just as promising as the more expensive Cotes Capelan release. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, sexy and with ripe tannin, it has beautiful fruit, lots of licorice and smoked earth aromas and flavors, and a great finish. It won’t be bottled until the spring of 2015, but I suspect it will drink nicely right out of the gate.