2010 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Lirac (Previously $19)

SKU #1137094 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The other outstanding offering is the medium to full-bodied 2010 Baron Louis, which is a Cotes du Rhone primarily from Lirac. A sleeper of the vintage, it is a co-fermented blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise and Mourvedre. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by sumptuous notes of raspberries, kirsch, spring flowers and loamy, earthy soil.  (10/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 Delivers a juicy core of blackberry and black currant fruit laced with melted licorice and backed by a twinge of pastis on the finish. Drink now.  (10/ 2012)

K&L Notes

An 88-acre estate, Château de Montfaucon sits just across the Rhône River from the esteemed vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is owned and operated by Rodolphe de Pins, a UC Davis graduate and former member of the winemaking staff at Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe. Over the years, Château de Montfaucon has developed a HUGE following amongst both our staff and customers. Who is the Baron Louis? A seminal figure in the history of Montfaucon, he was responsible for restoring the Château of Montfaucon, saving it from complete ruin at the close of the 19th century. This latest release is produced from 50-to-90-year-old vines on select vineyard parcels on the right bank of the Rhône. This substantial yet elegant red can be enjoyed now, but it will be superb with several years more of cellar time. Try it with heartier fare like sirloin steaks dusted with fresh herbs. The 2010 vintage garnered 90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. 14% abv.

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By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/3/2013  | Send Email
One of the best value from Rhone! The property is just across the way from the prestige Chateauneuf du Pape AOP making a blend of 55% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan, and 5% Mourvèdre for the 2010 vintage. Juicy cherry and raspberry with undertone of earth and spice, perfectly balanced and lots of complexity. A very versatile wine that could pair well with many dishes. I tried it with a sous vide rack of lamb with simple demi glace and it was delicious! I can't wait to open a bottle with BBQ port ribs next week! (yum)
Top Value!

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/6/2013  | Send Email
This is baby Châteauneuf-du-Pape, love 2010 for Cote du Rhone and LOVE Montflaucon! A great full body red with lots of layers & balance. TWO Thumbs up !

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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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. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14