2015 Château de Montfaucon "Comtesse Madeleine" Lirac Blanc

SKU #1275658 90 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a juicy, plump feel, with melon, green fig and apple notes bouncing off the ginger and heather accents. Macadamia nut notes caress the finish and echo pleasantly. Drink now through 2017. 800 cases made. (JM)  (11/2016)

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 among both our staff and customers.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/4/2016 | Send Email
Here is an affordable version of a Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc filled with fresh peach, lanolin, lilac and sweet and juicy stone fruits. This is dry, concentrated and finishes with an intense talc-like minerality.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
Intensely aromatic with white flowers on the nose, the “Comtesse Madeleine” shows stone fruit and notes of honey, with slight pithiness to balance the richness. Add that to an elegant waxy texture and bright yet long finish and you have one our most impressive white Rhônes, especially given the price.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
A scrumptious wine with delicate flavors of stone fruit and melon, a texture that caresses and a cheerful acidity that gives it overall balance and finesse. Delicious!

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2016 | Send Email
A classic example of a white Chateauneuf, wait... It's not Chateauneuf, but it sure tastes like it! A rich aromatics of white flowers, peaches, nectarines, honey, bee's wax, and lanolin. On the palate it delivers a beautiful array of stone fruit and spices. It is rich and fulfilling and yet crisp. An elegant wine to pair with any creamy dishes, curries, and spicy dishes in general.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
Full of beautiful stone fruit flavors like nectarine and peach, the Madeleine has a succulent weight and mouthfeel that keeps pulling you back for another sip. This is a sultry white that is incredibly engaging and is one of the best Rhone whites in the store right now.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
I find this wine distinctive in every vintage, and as good as this 2015 is now, I expect it will only improve with a bit more time in the bottle. It's not only aromatic but also complex and textural on the palate, with a lively citrus finish. Although I'm not the biggest fan of Southern Rhone white wines, this remains a reference point for me.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
This is a rich and tasty Rhone blend with profuse tropical aromas like pineapple and mango with underlying flavors of citrus and green melon. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel and just a touch of acid on the finish to balance it out nicely. It should come as no surprise — another superbly crafted, traditional Rhone blend from Chateau de Montfaucon.

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