The 2010 La Ferme Julien Blanc is Trader Joe’s Private label version of Perrin and Fils “La Vielle Ferme Blanc”. If you check the information at www.vincod.com/FJB0E , you will see that the information for the La Ferme Julian (goat on label) is exactly the same for the La Vielle Ferme (chicken on label). Trader Joe’s wines never get write-ups by the big time wine critics, but Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Decanter and the New York Times all recommended the La Vielle Ferme and therefore Trader Joe’s La Ferme Julien, too. The La Ferme Julien Blanc is a white wine blend grown in the Cotes du Luberon AOC of the southern Rhone Valley in France. The grapes used may not be familiar to you, but these are typical grapes used in the region, 30% Grenache Blanc, 30% Bourboulenc, 30% Ugni Blanc and 10% Roussanne. 90% of the wine is aged in stainless steel vats and 10% was aged in oak barrels, judging from the percentages of the blend it figures the Roussanne is oaked and the other 3 grapes are unoaked. A French wine, but it has a screw-top cap. The alcohol content is 13%.
The color is shiny pale yellow with green highlights. The nose is peaches and pears, fresh and juicy, a hint of lime in the background along with creamery butter, a nice nose for a $5.99 wine. Medium to light bodied, there is good fruit, but it is countered by tart acidity, giving the wine some surprising length. Upfront there is peach intermingled with grapefruit, nectarine and lemon, there is a real creamy sensation to the mouthfeel. This is not a wine with tons of layers and textures, but it has a rather classy, finished feel to it. The finish is dominated by citrus and is longer than any $5.99 wine has a right to be.
The 2010 La Ferme Julien Blanc is a beautiful summertime bottle of wine. Well-made, crisp and clean, this is just what the Doctor ordered for those hot August nights (June, July, Sept. and Oct. will work just as nice too). An everyday wine that is actually priced at a point where you can afford to drink it every day.