2014 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1275653 Wine Spectator

 The raspberry and plum fruit is lightly mulled, accented by gentle cinnamon and licorice notes. Offers a juicy, open finish. Drink now. 7,500 cases made. (JM)  (11/2015)

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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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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/27/2016 | Send Email
This over-achieving wine has been a best seller at K&L for close to 15 years and it seems to get better every vintage. Asian spice, garrigue, nori, a touch of licorice and an array of red fruits and berries come alive in this snappy and clean value. This is amazingly complex for the money.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
Bright cherry upfront with underlying dark raspberry fruit, the Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône is straightforward and easy-drinking, but with enough depth and licorice spice to feel more luxurious than your typical twelve dollar red. This producer is always a favorite and their flavorful 2014 release does not disappoint.

By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
This is a very congenial wine from the Cotes du Rhone that shows rich, ripe red berries on the nose yet on the palate there is a tartness to the fruit and the essence of sweet spices and earth. A fantastic everyday red!

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
In the world of value-priced red wines, I'd put Cotes du Rhones on the short list of ever present bargains. Back when ten bucks seemed like a lot of money for a bottle of wine, I drank a lot of them. You could find them everywhere: Trader Joe's, Safeway, etc. They were usually good and rarely did I get a bad one. But in that world of value-priced Cotes du Rhones, there is still a hierarchy. At the top of that pyramid for me is Montfaucon. In the ever-expanding universe of $10-$15 wines, this one never gets old. The fruit is always juicy, yet restrained. The flavors are balanced, yet forward. The quality is there, yet the price never goes up. This is the quintessential French bistro wine. It pairs with just about anything and it always tastes delicious. What more can you say about dependability?

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
Every year, I am always impressed by the consistent, classic quality of this wine. Plenty of pretty red fruit, surrounded by subtle smoky spices, with a touch of earthy goodness. This is how classic Cotes du Rhone should be made.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
It doesn’t get much better than this for everyday reds. Lighter in weight than the Lirac and the Baron Louis, it still displays rich Grenache flavors of blackberry and plum with smooth tannins rounded out by a long, crisp, savory and raspberry finish. At this price it’s worth buying a case—it never fails to please a crowd!

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
The Montfaucon Cotes du Rhone is always a personal favorite of mine, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one in particular, as 2014 was an especially challenging vintage in the Rhone Valley. Although it's not as big-shouldered as more recent vintages, it certainly is not lacking. There's plenty of juicy cherry and raspberry fruit in a more elegant and approachable frame. This is an ideal house wine that always exceeds its price point.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14