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2012 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Lirac

SKU #1197785 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A new cuvee, the 2012 Baron Louis Lirac is a gorgeous Lirac that has pretty black raspberry, spice and floral aromatics, medium-bodied richness and an overall elegant, polished and layered style. It's a serious wine that will have 8-10 years of longevity. (JD)  (1/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a lush, flattering feel, with velvety raspberry and plum sauce flavors gliding along, carried by twinges of anise, fruitcake and singed cinnamon stick. Fresh acidity lets everything meld on the finish. Drink now through 2017. (JM)  (11/2015)

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 among 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. 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.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/27/2016 | Send Email
This Chateauneuf-du-Pape wannabe comes from 50-to-90 year old vines and could go head to toe against any $50.00 wine from anywhere in the world in my opinion. This is dark and spicy with deep blue and black fruit, a touch of earth and very fine, ripe embedded tannins imparting wonderful structure. The proportion, balance and overall harmony make for a wine that is drinkable now but will improve for up to a decade in a cool cellar.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2015 | Send Email
The Baron Louis Lirac is a nice example of what great wine making is about; supple, smooth tannin structure accompanying the lush, dark berry flavors of Grenache, rounded out artfully with small portions of Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvedre. The balance and structure deserve commendation, and make the Baron Louis a great example of what Rhone Valley wines are capable of. It’s an absolute pleasure to drink and will be for many years.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2015 | Send Email
This wine is absolutely lovely! The aromatics are very pronounced with plum, cedar and tobacco showing prominently. On the palate it has a fuller weight, but lifted slightly from the fine acidity. The tannins of this wine add more of a textural element than anything else. They are succulent, ripe, and add interest to the palate, providing structure, yet not aggressively so. As always, this wine over-delivers!

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2015 | Send Email
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We have been importing the various different wines from this very superb estate for over twenty years, and most of you know the story. It should be considered a Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, but it lies on the wrong side of the Rhone River from CDP, which is the appellation line. The Cuveé Baron Louis from their vineyard in Lirac is for all that matters, the estate’s “Reserve” bottling. Medium deep ruby in color, the nose explodes from the glass with a spicy white pepper to blackberry fruit notes with undertones of game and rose petals. A broad, focused, integrated, viscous mouthfeel with excellent balance and deep fruit flavors lead to a Gem that is complex, layered, and long on the finish. Rusty has told me that we need to have several cases of this Gem. Don’t miss this puppy. Great Value, and it will age and improve for another five to ten years. ***** 14.0% ABV *****
Drink from 2015 to 2020

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2015 | Send Email
The entry level Cotes du Rhone from Montfaucon is my go-to everyday house wine, but when I'm looking to up my game and take it to the next level, I go immediately to the "Baron Louis". I want to call this a baby Chateauneuf but I can't because the way it is showing right now, it would blow the doors off of a lot of CNdPs in a blind tasting. This old vine syrah/grenache based blend is spicy, layered and dense, yet surprisingly balanced. Another stunning showing from a perennial favorite.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/26/2015 | Send Email
This is a fantastically balanced, surprisingly rich Lirac that puts most other wines from the region to shame. With dark fruit, subtle earthy tones, ripe tannins and lengthy finish, this is a must-have for anyone who enjoys Rhone wines.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2015 | Send Email
We just got more of this back in stock and man is this developing beautifully. The vintage is classically structured, showing a subtle perfume of blackberries, figs and dried rose petals. The wine has fine tannins and is perfectly balanced. Another classic Rhone wine from our friends at Montfaucon!

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2015 | Send Email
I was just reminded how great this wine is at our last staff tasting. It beat out many other wines at 2+ times the price! Great rose petal & lavender aromatics with beautiful purity and balance. Incredible value!

Staff Image By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
This is a beautiful representation of what truly balanced, complex, and powerful Cotes du Rhone can be. From a single vineyard in Lirac, just across the river from the famed vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, here we find a sumptuous array of dark fruit character, highlighted by blackberry and plum. A moderately tannic wine, it also features notable hints of fig and herb. Absolutely gorgeous!

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- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14