Mont-Redon Côtes du Rhône Reserve 2018
SPECIAL 6 BOTTLE OR MORE . Sensational Grenache blend and vintage from southern Rhone. Bargain!
Château Mont-Redon will be familiar to those who know and love Châteauneuf-du-Pape being well recognized as the owners of some of the most highly regarded vineyard sites in the appellation. The superb quality of its 100 hectares of vineyards has been recognized throughout history and date back to the 14th Century. Prior to the change of the appellation controlee system it was one of the few “Grand cru’s” in the region (together with Chateau Rayas), and producing some of the most elegant of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
The majority of Mont-Redon’s vineyards are located in the appellations most favoured area, the high plateau which is covered in the large round pudding stones that Châteauneuf is so well known for. This remarkable property is in fact a single vineyard.
There has been considerable investment at Mont-Redon over the past twenty years. The entire winery has been completely renewed and is now climate controlled. Rows of oak barriques have replaced the old large foudres of yesteryear, and large temperature controlled stainless steel vats now line the walls, resulting in wines of freshness and finesse in both red and white wines. More recently optical sorting machines at harvest time have resulted in wines of great precision. Mont-Redon is clearly a candidate for not only the most improved producer and the best value producer of the Southern Rhone but now also one the very best producers in the large historic appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The reputation of Châteauneuf was built on its being “the most elegant and complex wine of the southern Rhône, not the most massive” and that’s the style that Mont-Redon pursues.
2018 was a warm vintage.. following on from a string of fine 2017, 2016 and 2015 growing seasons. We love the elegance and finesse of this 2018 offering.
A blend of 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah from sandy and galet stone soils. 100% destemmed and
fermented for 2-3 weeks in stainless steel tank, followed by 8-10 months maturation in stainless steel. This wine has all the perfume and fleshy generosity of fully ripe Grenache fruit with freshness and finesse of tannins and that faint hint of provence herbs that makes southern Rhone reds, and Mont-Redon, so popular. Amazing value.
Review of 2016 vintage:
4 stars, John Livingstone-Learmonth, drinkrhone.com, October 2018. “Dark red robe, full. The bouquet is well lined with blackberry fruit, has the 2016 vintage inner sweetness, a soaking of the fruits. There’s a note of licorice. The palate carries abundant, rolling, vivid cherry fruiting, really gathers good momentum and finishes splendidly, on an up wave, its tannins well sealed within, a note of black olives and slight tar from them on the aftertaste. This has captured the amazing vivacity of the fruit of the year well. 2027-28 Oct 2018”
RRP $31 **SPECIAL 6 BOTTLE OR MORE BUY … Only $20.99 when you buy 6 of this wine**
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France, Lirac, Southern Rhone
Grenache and Blends
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