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. (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. Give it a year or two in bottle and enjoy bottles through 2023. (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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Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2018 | Send Email
One of my favorite Direct Imports at K&L,Chateau de Montfaucon produces exceptionally high quality, complex Rhône wines. The 2013 Baron Louis Lirac is crafted from old vine, low yield, Estate Grenache and Syrah, with a sumptuous red fruit and garrigue flavor profile. This is a beautiful example of Lirac, and drinks effortlessly, but with great savory depth.

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2017 | Send Email
One my favorite Direct Imports knocks it out of the park once again. The wines of Chateau de Montfaucon always drink well above their price point, and this is no exception. Rich, plush and complex, notes of ripe red and black fruit mingle with warm baking spice and resinous dried herbs. There's enough structure to make this a wonderful wine to pair with heartier fare, but it's also delicious enough to have a glass on its own while relaxing at home.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2017 | Send Email
This is baby Châteauneuf-du-Pape, love 2013 for Cote du Rhone and LOVE Montflaucon! A great full body red with lots of layers & balance. TWO Thumbs up !

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2017 | Send Email
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If you're a big fan of Rhone blends, be sure to add this one to your list. Grenache is by far my favorite Red Rhone grape varietal, and the 55% they use in this blend really shows it's true character on how incredible and complex Grenache can be. It's a perfect dinner wine, and also great to enjoy by itself.

Staff Image 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.

Staff Image 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. ​

Staff Image 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



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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