2009 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Côtes du Rhône (Previously $40)

SKU #1079727 91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Similarly styled, the 2009 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône Baron Louis is a blend of 40% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan, 10% Mourvèdre, and 10% Counoise that comes from vines averaging between 50-90 years in age. It delivers a beautiful, classy array of spice-laced red fruits, dried flowers, underbrush, and dried rock like minerality on the nose, and it improves in the glass, gaining both complexity and richness. On the palate, this medium-bodied Côtes du Rhône is elegant and polished, with a light, deft texture, integrated acidity, and building tannin that emerges on the mid-palate and through the finish. Inner quote mark (3/2012)

90 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Baron Louis Cotes du Rhone, made from six grapes (40% Grenache and the rest various proportions of Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvedre and Counoise) displays gamey balsam wood notes intermixed with underbrush, forest floor, black currants, sweet cherries and a hint of mulberries. There are plenty of various berry fruits and spices in this wine, which is complex... Inner quote mark (10/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A rock-solid red, with crushed plum and fig fruit layered with cassis, black licorice and toasted spice flavors. Offers depth and character, with nice notes of tar and singed bay leaf rolling through the finish. (JM) Inner quote mark (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. (Mulan Chan-Randel, K&L Rhône Valley & French Regional Wine Buyer) 14% abv.

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/13/2021 | Send Email
There is amazing freshness here for a wine from a vintage that was harvested over 10 years ago thanks to the cool cellars at Chateau Montfaucon where it has spent its whole life. Despite the bottle age this still needs a bit of air to reveal the baked cherry, Thyme, pepper, licorice and warm plum flavors and aromas. This is a complex and alive wine with just a touch of softening around the edges to allow a bit of maturity to peek through. Delicious!

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2014 | Send Email
Incredibly spicy nose with exciting cinnamon/clove notes followed by some bacon fat and dried tart cherries. beautiful on the palate, with loads of spices, lavender, incense and bing cherries. With depth and complexity more akin to a Chateauneuf than a Côtes du Rhône.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2013 | Send Email
A beautiful medium bodied wine from a great vintage. The Montfaucon Baron Louis is flavorful and round offering nice fruit that is balanced out with structure and complexity.

By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2013 | Send Email
Still the staff's absolute favorite for Classic Cote Du Rhone from a small but exceptional producer which we direct import all the way from France! It has the perfect balance of power and elegance, ripe but bright red fruit and savory nuances play through the palate with velvety texture and polished tannins on the finish. Grab some before its gone!

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/24/2012 | Send Email
40% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Counoise. This small vineyard plot "Baron Louis" is an absolutely classic Cotes du Rhone. Black and red fruit, fine tannins, well-balanced acidity with hints of spice, game and leather, this is a food wine you will want to stock up on. Incredible.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2012 | Send Email
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A great property that we have brought in direct for many years. Chateau Montfaucon is directly across the river from the prestigious Chateauneuf-du-pape demarcation. The vines that produce the Baron Louis Cuvee are between 60 and 90 years old adding concentration and complexity. This is a classic but serious Cotes du Rhone. On the nose some violets and a slights gamey character. Fruits of the forest and bramble fruit, some dusty earth notes on the palate. Excellent balance and length. This wine really over delivers for a Cotes du Rhone.

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2012 | Send Email
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This has to be one of my favorite wines in our inventory, as it has been since we have been importing it for the last twenty years. We have told the story of this wonderful chateau so many times, so I will not repeat it again only to tell you that you need to treat this Gem as a Chateauneuf-du-Pape. I threw this exceptional production into a Southern Rhone Valley tasting with my tasting group (Wednesday Night Fatally Flawed Palates) in January, and of the eight wines, it tied for second, beating out Vieux Telegraph, Andre Brunel, and Domaine Grand Veneur’s Lirac, “Clos De Sixte.” Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose explodes with wild red plum to anise to cassis fruit notes. Balanced, rich, lush, broad, full, deep flavors of the same with wonderful complexity and integrated, silky, very fine tannins lead to a long, delicious finish that refuses to give up. Rusty has designated this Gem as our house red for the month and beyond. 14.0% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2012 to 2020

By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2012 | Send Email
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If the winery was on the other side of the river - this would be exceptional chateauneuf du pape and cost three times as much. As it stands, this wonderful bottle from the old montfaucon estate is $18 and the best cote du rhone in the store. World class winery, great vintage, under $20!
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2022

By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/27/2012 | Send Email
This is a great alternative to a Chateauneuf du Pape and considerably cheaper.I just love this vintage. Enjoy responsibly!!

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