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La Ferme Julien

by Nannette Eaton on April 17, 2009

“No nation was ever drunk when wine was cheap.” — Thomas Jefferson

La Ferme Julien Rouge

In the spirit of these recessionary times, the Wine Harlots have tasted numerous bottles of four and five dollar wines, searching out the best buys for your limited resources.  It has not been fun.  We have been disappointed much more than we have been elated.  But that is The Curse of The Wine Harlot.  We drink bad wine so you don’t have to.  Here’s a status update on the Harlot’s Progress.

After many false starts, We found not one, but three wines that pass muster.  La Ferme Julien is a trio of French wines made by the Perrin Family and marketed by Trader Joe’s. These wines appear to the Trader Joe’s private label of the La Vieille Ferme that gets passing marks in the major wine publications.

These are terrific versions of vin ordinaire or table wine.  These are simple, basic everyday wines.  Like the utility player that doesn’t get a lot of recognition but gets a lot of playing time, that’s what these triplets are.  Sturdy and dependable.

We purchased these at the Encinitas, California Trader Joe’s for $5 USD.  They are all from Rhône Valley.  The closures are screw caps.  Serve the white and rosé well chilled, the red serve at “cellar temperature” or 57°.  These are super wines for picnics, hiking or beach excursions. You have a choice of a red, a white or a rosé the specifics as follows:

  • Rosé 2007 Côtes du Ventoux with 13% alcohol with a grape blend of Cinsault 50%, Grenache 40%, Syrah 10%
  • Rouge 2006 Côtes du Ventoux with 13.5% alcohol with a blend of Grenache 50%, Syrah 20%, Carignan 15%, Cinsault 15%
  • Blanc 2007 Côtes du Luberon with 13% alcohol with a blend of Bourboulenc 30%, Grenache Blanc 30%, Ugni Blanc 30%, Roussane 10%

The musical selection for this is “Those Little Things” by Carla Bruni from the album Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited.

À votre santé!

La Ferme Julien White