2014 Château de Montfaucon Clairette "Vin de Mme la Comtesse" Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes Blanc

SKU #1275660 91 points Wine Spectator

 Features a lovely, lush, creamy feel, with toasted macadamia nut notes weaving around the orange sabayon, lemon curd and wet straw flavors. Shows a light verbena echo through the finish. Very flattering, with a twinge of bitter orange keeping this honest. Clairette. Drink now. 180 cases made. (JM)  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

This exquisite vineyard was planted in the 1870s (that's not a typo). These old gnarly vines with their highly restricted yields produce some of the richest most concentrated Clairette in the entire Rhone Valley. Planted on a mix of sand, clay and pudding stones, this wine is the essence of sleek minerality. A touch of barrel fermentation adds volume and structure. The flavors resonate with ripe stone fruit flavors and white flowers, a touch of anise rounds out the finish. This reminds us of Chateau de Beaucastel's Chateauneuf Vieilles Vignes Blanc which sells for well over $100 a bottle. This is just as limited and just as cool for only $30. 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.

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/4/2016 | Send Email
This opens with compelling aromas of apple blossoms, freshly sliced peaches and subtle spice. The mid-palate shows depth and elegance with layers of sweet orchard fruit and a fine, lingering finish. Quite aristocratic.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
This is the kind of resonant, luminous white wine I might have imagined Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sipping while waiting for their cue, as it breathes sophistication and poise with every pristine, fragrant drop. Opening with a flourish of fresh orchard fruits descending on the palate with lemon cream, toasted spice, a hint of crisp celery and waft of fennel, this is, like those timeless dance routines, a charming complexity, a wine to complement everything from the most elegant rind cheeses to shellfish to pasta with truffle oil.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
This is a seriously delicious bottle of old-vine, single vineyard Clairette. It opens with a bouquet of acacia blossom, melon, pear and earthy minerality. On the palate it has a wonderfully rich, creamy texture, plenty of weight, and a nice medium-acid finish that leaves those delicious flavors lingering quite awhile. If you’re into Rhone whites, this is a gem!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
From some of the oldest Clairette vines in the region comes this stellar bottling from our friends at Montfaucon. This ancient vineyard is all head-pruned and is a contour vineyard, meaning it ebbs and flows along the contours of the hillside. The wine is lovely, with rich, round stone fruit flavors, creaminess and elegance. This is the caliber of top-tier Chateauneuf Blanc.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
This regal white offers an unexpected level of refinement and complexity that we expect from pricier wines of the region. It boasts a wonderful combination of citrus and stone fruit with an overall intensity that lends itself to a variety of foods. Open this with fish, white meats, egg and vegetable dishes.

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Other White Wines

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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.