Bottle or box, La Vieille Ferme Red deserves a permanent position on your counter.
Sample submitted for review. La Vieille Ferme Red is available in both bottle and box form. The SRPs are around $12 and $28 respectively but the box is available widely for around $20 (about $5/bottle). The wine is produced by Perrin et Fils and imported by Vineyard Brands.
We've long recommended today's wine (it's been a staple on our list of the best box wines for years) although it has changed a bit over time. Originally sourced from vineyards in Cotes du Ventoux in Rhone, the wine is now just labeled as France which likely means Famille Perrin is using grapes from other parts of the country as well. Let's see how it tastes.
Since 1967, La Vieille Ferme has been producing authentic and delicious wines vintage after vintage, and has been acknowledged as one of the best value wines in the world. The vines selected are grown high on the slopes, which gives this wine unique elegance and spices. Beautiful red color, with purple highlights. With a lot of freshness, this rich and spicy wine offers red and black fruit aromas (blackberry black currant). The palate is beautifully balanced, crunchy, with silky tannins, and a very long and aromatic finish.
The 2019 La Vieille Ferme Rouge begins with aromas of cherry, red fruit and a little spice. It's nice but a little more one-dimensional than the old version.
The wine tastes simple and good. So easy to drink, it's immediately apparent why this is available in a 3L box (which holds the exact same wine as the bottle). It features fresh, juicy and fleshy fruit similar to the nose, good balance and a soft and smooth mouthfeel. Yeah it's inexpensive but it's also well-made, widely available and always a reliable buy!
The wine ends with a dry, satisfying, medium-long finish. Overall it rates a bit lower than the old version of the wine but this is still a remarkable value for the price.
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