2006 Côtes du Rhône Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis"
90 points, The Wine Spectator : "Very solid, with a juicy core of blackberry and plum woven with cocoa and pastis hints. Smoky, spicy finish has nice length. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Counoise. Drink now through 2010." (06/09) Just across the Rhône river from the esteemed vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, sits this 88-acre estate, owned and operated by Rodolphe de Pins, a UC Davis graduate and former member of the winemaking staff at Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe (in Châteauneuf). The cuvee Baron Louis is a special assemblage from select parcels with vines between 50-90 years of age. The 2006 is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvedre and Counoise. Aging takes place over 12 months in small oak barrels. A step up in intensity and length from the regular Côtes du Rhône, the Baron Louis can be enjoyed now, however it will be superb with several years of additional cellar time. Try it with heartier fare like sirloin steaks dusted with fresh herbs. 14% abv.