Ferme Du Mont at the Wine Bar

On a beautiful, warm, sunny July 11th, I spent my lunchtime by attending a luncheon at the Wine Bar – organized by Eurovintage International and hosted by Stéphane Vedeau himself to feature his Ferme Du Mont wines. New to both the Ferme Du Mont wines and the venue, I soon found a new addition to my cellar and a spot to spend the occasional Monday evening dinning with friends.

 

Stéphane Vedeau enjoying his own wine.
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Stéphane Vedeau is the proprietor and winemaker of Ferme Du Mont, a 50 hectares estate spanning the sub-appellations of Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Châteauneuf and Châteauneuf Vendanges d’Octobre (1) all situated within the Rhone valley.  His success of making great wines stems from his naturalistic view of ensuring that natural balance trumps over technology (including not using pesticides or organic fertilizers) and the fact that he is a talented business man.
Prior to the establishment of Ferme Du Mont, Stéphane was involved in two ventures, both located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the southern France: the formation of Terre a Verre by partnering up with Claude Serra (Professor of Winemaking at the University of Montpellier) (2) and then in 1992 establishing Maison Maurel Vedeau by joining forces with Philippe Maurel (3, 4), which he sold upon Philippe Maurel’s retirement (4).

 

 

The choice of location for this venue was the Wine Bar – a local artisan kitchen situated in the Toronto downtown core. This establishment, formally known as Jamie Kennedy’s Wine Bar until October 2009 (5), is now headed by Executive Chef Bryan Burke, whose menu focuses on grown-in-Ontario, gourmet Tapas-style dishes that are elegantly presented and well priced. Though one can choose from a list of over 200 wines, the establishment allows wine to be brought in (no corkage on Mondays) – only adding to the confusion: YES The Wine Bar serves high quality restaurant food and YES The Wine Bar allows one to bring their own wine.

 

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The Ferme Du Mont wines (some of which are available at the LCBO, some that are yet to be released) were paired with carefully chosen dishes to compliment each other. Though both, the wine and the food, was exquisite, the pairing didn’t always work and is showcased below.

 

Tomato Gazpacho & Scallop Ceviche
paired with
The 2011 La Ferme Du Mont La Truffière, composed of 50 % Grenache white, 40% Viognier and 10% Clairette, has subtle aromas of light pear, green apple, light lees and honeysuckle and faint petrol-like notes. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine, with crisp acidity and a medium, tongue coating finish. My impression: NICE, 89 pts.
$14.95 Vintages# 234716

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Prosciutto wrapped asparagus with brie and Dijon mustard
paired with
The 2009 La Ferme Du Mont Première Côte Côtes Du Rhône, composed of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, has intense aromas of blueberry, prune, caramel, smoke and faint cedar on the nose and blueberry and raspberry on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity to integrated wine, with notable tannins, balanced acidity and a medium to long, smooth finish. It is a food friendly wine that can also be enjoyed by itself; drink now – 2020. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 90 pts.
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Stuffed mushroom with double smoked bacon and Toscano cheese and chives
paired with
The 2011 Le Ferme Du Mont Le Ponnant Côtes Du Rhône Villages, composed of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, has appealing aromas of pine, blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and faint vanilla. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine, with good acidity, refined tannins (decant for 30+ min) and a medium, silky finish. It is food/sipper friendly; it will benefit from cellaring drink now – 2020. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 90-91 pts – recommended buy, especially for the price.
Interesting fact, LCBO bought 2,700 cases – one of the largest Vintage purchases.
$17.00 Vintages# 171371
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Smoked Muscovy duck breast with wild blueberry compote
paired with
The 2010 Le Ferme Du Mont Gigondas Côte Jugunda, composed of 80% Grenache that is 60-year-old, and 20% Syrah, has intense aromas of black cherry liquor, raspberry, vanilla and pine. It is a medium bodied, extra dry, fruity wine; it is nicely balanced with good acidity, refined tannins (decant for 30 min) and a long, smooth and silky finish. It is food friendly, but rather drink it on its own; drink now – 2025. My impression: BEAUTIFUL to DIVINE, 93-94 pts – recommended buy.
$29.95 Vintages 354118 to be released December 7th, 2013.
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Grilled lamb loin chop with cabernet jus & organic pea sprouts
paired with
The 2010 Le Ferme Du Mont Chateauneuf-du-Pape Côtes Capelan, composed of 80% Grenache that is 60-year-old, and 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, has intense aromas of forest berries – strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, oak and vanilla. It is a full-bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine, with balanced acidity, notable tannins (decant for 1+ hours) and a long and smooth finish. Sip on its own; though approachable now, cellar for few years as it has an aging potential of +1/2 points, drink 2015-2020/25. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 92 pts.
$63.00 Vintages Classics# 78857
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Frozen chocolate terrine with fresh berries & chantilly cream.IMG_0251
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Warm thanks to Eurovintage International for the invitation.

 

 

Ferme Du Mont
The Wine Bar
Eurovintage International

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Ferme Du Mont at the Wine Bar

  1. I tried this wine for the first time today. I normally drink Chardonnay’s but decided to try something new. It seems that I picked a good one!

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