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Friday, December 07, 2007

La Ferme Julien Rouge 2005

Get the GoatEverybody loves a bargain, and I'm particularly keen on sniffing out good, inexpensive, everyday wines.

One I found last night is La Ferme Julien, a second label from from French winemaker Francois Perrin. It's a red Rhône from Côtes du Ventoux, and it comes in at right about $6.

Despite the goat on the label and its agrarian name, there's not a hint of barnyard in this wine. There is a little earthiness in the nose, but the palate is all fruit — Grenache, mostly — with medium body and soft tannins. It paired quite nicely with the Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic that my new dad made last night. He substituted Herbes de Provence for the sage, thyme and rosemary and put the chicken on a base of onion slices. It sure made the house smell good — and it was good!
J. Silverheels Gray, 7:43 AM