2011 Montirius Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1111734

Montirius is the impeccable fifth-generation estate of the Saurel family, a leading producer of Vacqueyras and Gigondas wines in the southern Rhone Valley. The Saurels make a range of deeply scented and flavored wines imbued with Provence's spice and structure. These are sensual wines with unusual finesse, possessing penetrating minerality and length. 14% abv.

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/2/2012  | Send Email
I am very pleased we have added the wines of Montirius to our ever expanding Direct Import program. This estate works entirely biodynamically and never uses new wood in any of their wines, striving for a purer, more elegant expression of fruit and terroir, which is why their wines have always stood out to me amidst the sea of competition as a step above in elegance and craft for the price. This Cotes-du-Rhone displays classic Southern Rhone charm, with characteristic raspberry/blackberry aromas and flavors, accented by subtle garrigue and savory spice notes. The texture is smooth and silky, with nice density on the midpalate, while the finish stays lifted, leaving the impression of balance and terroir-driven character. This is a gem.

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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
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