Wine under $10 review: La Ferme Julien Blanc 2011

La Ferme Julien BlancAvailable exclusively at Trader Joe’s — not sure if it’s distributed outside California, but let’s hope it is — La Ferme Julien Blanc from France’s Luberon region is a luscious blend of white French grapes most people have never heard of: Ugni Blanc [oo NE blanhk], Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and an odd-man-out Italian grape, Vermentino. Smooth and tasty, it’s a perfect warm-weather wine with food like raw oysters, slightly spicy fare, or simple roasted chicken. And it’s staggeringly inexpensive… $6.(Learn why this wine is so inexpensive)

Heady aromas of wet rock, lemon-lime and tangerine give way to flavors of lemon, slate, honeydew melon and toasted almonds. Minerality galore, refreshingly tart acidity, clean and fun. A slight sweetness to it and most definitely gulpable. A pool, beach or patio sipper for sure. Their rosé is also quite a stunner for the price.


Sweetness: 2 out of 10
Price: $5 – $6
Alcohol level: 13.5%
Occasion: Tried at a friend’s house and now buy it by the case.
Availability: Trader Joe’s exclusive
Food pairing: Anything really, but it’s great with fresh cheeses like Manchego and Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog, Spicy Shrimp with Fennel

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