2016 Baron de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône Blanc

SKU #1351841 92 points Wine Spectator

 Gorgeous, with a creamy core of yellow apple, white peach and mirabelle plum notes, flanked by racy verbena and honeysuckle details, then pierced by a flash of blanched almond on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 475 cases made. (JM)  (11/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Côtes du Rhône Blanc is a blend of 70% Clairette, 20% Viognier and 10% Grenache Blanc. Zesty and refreshing, it offers clean citrus notes reminiscent of tangerine and lime, hints of crushed stone and stone fruit, and a long, crisp finish. It's an invigorating white. (JC)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

The new Baron de Montfaucon label may confuse some but these are still the same great wines produced by our friends at Chateau de Montfaucon. The Baron label represents the relationship between the le Pin family and a few key growers whose fruit they wanted to work with. Combining these resources and overseeing all the vineyard practices, winemaker Rudi le Pin delivers the same quality and unique style. The Cotes du Rhone Blanc is a blend of 70% Clairette, 20% Viognier and 10% Grenache Blanc.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2018 | Send Email
Rudi des Pins of Montfaucon is a Clairette guy. Not to be confused with the red wine synonym for Bordeaux, Clairette is a WHITE grape variety that offers distinct mineral notes and crisper acidity for wines made in the south of France. Rudi makes a pure Clairette from his oldest vines but his Cotes du Rhone Blanc is a more fruit forward blend that adds a little Grenache Blanc and Viognier to round out the flavors and provide lovely orchard fruit notes. This white is loaded with white peach, pear and light jasmine tones. It is lightly floral and pure deliciousness. Serve this with a salad of smoked trout over greens or grilled halibut with a seasonal fruit compote slathered over it.

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2018 | Send Email
The Montfaucon blanc has always been my go-to Southern Rhone white. I love the generous weight and texture of this wine on the palate, and unlike so many of its peers, there is still a nice crisp snap of acidity throughout. But most of all, I love that they push clairette, a relatively obscure grape variety, to the front of the blend here. It tamps down the viognier, and brings really lush floral tones to the nose. It's a great example of Southern Rhone white that will pleasantly surprise you, everytime.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2018 | Send Email
As soon as the 2016 vintage landed, I pulled a bottle of this and was delighted as in every past vintage. White Rhone wines have always intrigued me with their combination of texture, weight and freshness. Montfaucon is one of our best producers, and this little wine is one of my personal favorites from their production. You've got great orchard fruit here, mixed with subtle papaya and mango notes. There's almond and a very creamy texture to the wine, as well as citrus-driven acidity to keep things fresh and lively. The new vintage of this wine does not disappoint!

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2018 | Send Email
Oh what a pretty wine! And I say that in the most serious way... The Viognier shines through with a cornucopia of tropical fruits tinged with a somewhat more delicate aromas i.e. Peaches, white flowers, apricots. Great pairing with spicy goods, salads, creamy sauced fish.

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

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