2013 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Lirac

SKU #1275655 90 points Wine Spectator

 This sports a brambly feel, with lots of dark licorice and warm fruitcake notes mixing with lightly steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Maintains good energy through the modestly toasted finish. Drink now through 2017. 4,200 cases made. (JM)  (11/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The top red of the estate is the 2013 Baron Louis Lirac and it’s a blend of 55% Grenache, 15% each of Syrah and Cinsault, and the rest Carignan and Mourvèdre. More concentrated and structured than the straight Lirac, yet also more austere and firm, it has savory notes of wood smoke, black currants, sandalwood and pepper on the nose. (JD)  (3/2016)

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.

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2016 | Send Email
This oak aged Chateauneuf-du-Pape wannabe comes from 50 to 90 year old vines and is loaded with cassis, jammy black currents, wild savory herbs, spice and earth in an effortless and long package. The mid-palate is sweet and concentrated leading to a complex finish loaded with mineral and ripe tannin. This has been a staff go-to for as long as I can remember.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
One of the very best values K&L offers, the Baron Louis Lirac is perennially one of the most well-structured, ageable Southern Rhone wines on the market. It has deep, dark Grenache fruit flavors of black cherries and plum, with a hint of black pepper and eucalyptus. Its tannins are hearty but fully integrated and very smooth, and a great finish fueled by crisp acid and lingering fruit flavors. ​

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
Wow! The 2013 is a real rocker from Montfaucon. Through a tricky vintage where Grenache yields were incredibly low, winemaker Rudi Le Pin found the workaround, adding great spice and complexity to this wine this year with the addition of Syrah, Cinsault and company. Full of deep rich briary red fruit, cinnamon and allspice notes and an ample finish, this is where I like my Rhone wines to sit. Fresh, inviting and full of character. Again, WOW!!

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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