2005 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1034783 90 points Wine Spectator

 Still muscular, with blackberry and black currant fruit, black tea, graphite and espresso notes that all meld together nicely on the lengthy finish. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Carignane, Counoise and Mourvèdre. (Web-2009)

Jancis Robinson

 Very rich and smooth and still quite vigorous. No loss of fruit from its time in bottle. There is still considerable ripe fruit character and quite a bit of dry tannin on the finish. No hurry to drink this.  (12/ 2009)

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 (in Châteauneuf). This prestige cuvee will age well for many years. 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Carignane. Deep color-flashy oaky nose. Spicy with black fruit flavors. 14% abv.

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/20/2008  | Send Email
Southern Rhone wines (outside of CdP wines) are always a great value when it comes to a week-night dinner; maybe for Wednesday night when I only have time to grab a whole roasted chicken from Safeway. For just a few dollars more than the average $10-15 range of bargain bottles there is the "Baron Louis." It is more than just the typical Grenache-Syrah blend, regardless of what the description says. It actually has 40% grenache with almost equal parts syrah, carignan, cinsault, mourvedre and counoise. It has finesse, complexity, grace and style. That's not true for most of it's fellow colleagues. It is a true standout dating back to last winter when they actually let me pour the Rhone tasting at Redwood City. Everyone who attended thought this bottle was the best-valued Rhone wine we had. Now we have it again, thank heavens.

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Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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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. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.