The Cotes du Luberon is a Rhone Valley appelation, southeast of such famed terroirs as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueyras, and Gigondas. I have never had a wine from this region before, and I have had very few Rhone whites, so this was a fun wine to pair up with some shrimp on the barbie and some homemade fried calamari.
An interesting blend of Grenache, Bourbolenc, Ugni Blanc and Rousanne, the 2006 La Vieille Ferme (blanc) was a shiny, pale gold colour. Luscious fruit up front, with scents of red delicious apple and melon, it later revealed honey, hay, basil, mint, fresh cut grass, butter and toast. Elegant, rich and lemony soft on the palate, this was a balanced and enjoyable white, well made and interesting. A terrific value, and now one of my summer white staples. This would be perfect as a chilled, patio quaffer, or a serious white for flavourful white meats (shrimp, chicken, lobster). This paired better with the shrimp than the calamari.
Price: C$13.70 (SAQ)
(PS - I have had the rouge Vielle Ferme at some point in the past, and I was unimpressed)