2015 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1351837 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The assemblage of the 2015 Cotes du Rhone includes only 50% Grenache, with the balance made up of 20% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 10% Cinsault and 5% Counoise. Perhaps as a result, it displays ample complexity on the nose and palate, with scents and flavors reminiscent of thyme, lavender and bay leaf alongside cherry and red berry fruit. It's medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, dry finish that elevates it well above ordinary. No, it's not a massive blockbuster, but it's a fine, elegant, unoaked table wine at a bargain price. (JC)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

Just across the Rhône river from the esteemed vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this 88-acre estate is owned and operated by Rodolphe de Pins, a UC Davis graduate and former member of the winemaking staff at Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe. Montfaucon crafts their Côtes du Rhône to express the intense fruit characteristics of the appellation, blending to achieve harmony and balance.

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2018 | Send Email
This is one of my favorite Cotes du Rhones year after year. I anticipate its arrival because it always has the most pleasing red and black fruit flavors and garrigue aromas. Perfect with roast chicken and potatoes.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2018 | Send Email
Rhone red season doesn't really begin for me until the new vintage of Montfaucon arrives. Always held back a little longer to give the fruit, spice and structure to fully integrate, the new 2015 is smoking! Beautiful raspberry and dried blueberry flavors are harmonious with the peppery spices and crushed herbs that make Cotes-du-Rhone fruit so fun and accessible. The new Cotes-du-Rhone offers such vivid regional flavors, that it's no surprise that it is getting even more critical attention this year. Perfect for your backyard barbecues, weekday meals or for bringing over to friends' houses for immediate consumption. Plenty of fruit intensity and structure allows you to forget a handful of bottles in your collection to rediscover in a few years as well.
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Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2018 | Send Email
I’ve tasted and reviewed a lot of Cotes-du-Rhone, far too many to count. Yet, the Montfaucon, without doubt, is my year-in-year-out winner without any question. Super-dependable and always delicious, it over-delivers every single time I pop a bottle. Beautifully aromatic with notes of strawberry and a hint of garrigue. Bright on the palate with warm fruit and just a hint of tannin texture on the tail end. There is no question you will love this wine. It is really just that charming. I’ve never taken home a mixed case of reds without it.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 14