I had picked a white wine to pair with this evening's roasted chicken, but at the last minute decided to try another red.
I know that white is the usual partner for chicken, but during the summers in France, we don't stand on ceremony when it comes to wine. Besides, a red seemed like the right choice for a cold winter evening and a chicken roasted with potatoes and root vegetables.
This evening I tried La Vieille Ferme Cote du Ventoux, and loved it! It's a perfect table wine, and I would pair it with beef and certain chicken dishes. In fact, that's what I think the rooster and the hen on the label are really talking about.
This bottle was a 2008 vintage; if I understand it correctly, the grapes for this wine were picked in 2008, kept in vats or oak barrels for ten months, then bottled in July 2009. This might explain why this bottle of La Vieille Ferme Cote du Ventoux wasn't as full-bodied as some reds, which makes me think I would like to try one of the earlier vintages.
I picked-up this bottle at my local Safeway for $6.98, which was well within my $10 limit. Now I'm wishing I had picked up two.