I thought it’d be interesting to evaluate an “airplane wine”, since I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately. In fact I’ll be flying again this weekend – on Lufthansa to Munich – to visit my best friend Paco, who’s in from Monterrey, Mexico. Contrary to what logic or snobbery may suggest, every once and a while I’ll run into some decent wines at 30,000 feet. The wine being covered in this post was provided by Air France, who I’ve consistently found to be above average when it comes to wine and food on flights. I flew Air France on my recent 10-day trip to China.
La Vieille Ferme, located in the Southern Rhone Valley, produces reds, whites and rosés. Their vines grow at 1,000 feet above sea-level in a soil composition of old alluviums, flat and rounded stones, chalk marl and clay. The grapes are harvested relatively late.
So without further ado, especially since my jet lag is still lingering, let me present the goods…
2007 La Vieille Ferme
Appellation: Côtes du Luberon, Rhone Valley
Blend: grenache blanc, bourboulenc, ugni blanc, roussanne
Price: $9 SRP
Tasting Notes: Straw yellow in the glass. Aromas of apple, lemon, orange, and flowers. Fleshy apple and orange peel flavors, not too complex. In the mouth dry and medium-bodied with a creamy, silky texture and balanced acidity. 13% vol. 41,665 cases produced.
Rating: 13/20 (WS 86)