2014 Château de Montfaucon Lirac

SKU #1275657 Wine Spectator

 Ebullient cherry and raspberry fruit flavors stream along, lined with a light licorice note. Open-knit finish. (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 amongst both our staff and customers.

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2017 | Send Email
Ripe, soft and crowd pleasing, this wine would satisfy a myriad of palates and dishes making this an accessible and affordable choice for any occasion. Red fruits intermingle with licorice, spice and dried herbs to deliver a well balanced beauty.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2017 | Send Email
Always a K&L favorite, this is a big step up from their Cotes du Rhone! Deeper and more intense flavors of red fruits and a varietal of herbs and fresh spice.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/27/2016 | Send Email
This is deeper and bolder than the regular Montfaucon bottling and shows more cracked pepper, earth and dark fruit in a chewier, heartier style. Amazing value here.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
The sun-kissed, fragrant wines of Lirac are fast becoming some of my favorites, and this delectable Rhone red clearly demonstrates why. There is a 'thereness' there, a sense of character and purpose, as if the terroir and vines and grapes in all their collective wisdom conspired to create a wine that simply said yes, this is what I am, drink me, savor me, enjoy me. Warm earth, red fruits, licorice and spice, all deliver and entice.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
Wow! The nose on this baby is gorgeous! Dusty with lilac and earthiness, the Lirac is both expressive and feels slightly more linear than the Côtes du Rhône, but delivers just as much rich purple fruit through the palate, with a lifted finish. A balanced, beautiful offering from Montfaucon at a killer price.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
The Montfaucon Lirac takes everything we love about the Cotes du Rhone, softens it, and adds just a smidge more red fruit flavor. If you like the balance and the elegance of classic French reds, but like the fruit more than the earth or the acidity, this one's for you. A hot deal for fifteen bucks.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
The 2014 is the second release of this wine and it is a great in-betweener, fitting snugly between the Cotes du Rhone and the Baron Louis. It is a touch richer than the CDR and shows more meaty expressive qualities. Reminds me of a baby Pegau!

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
The Lirac is spicier and earthier than the Cotes du Rhone, with a core of peppery raspberry fruit that's a bit weightier and denser, as well. This is simply a steal at $14.99, and we expect it to sell quickly.

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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