2015 Château de Montfaucon Clairette "Vin de Mme la Comtesse" Lirac Blanc

SKU #1351840 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Cotes du Rhone Vin de Mme la Comtesse Blanc is a barrel-fermented and aged wine sourced from a small parcel of 140-year-old Clairette vines. It's medium to full in body but not particularly fruity. Instead, it's intense and briny, spiced up by hints of white pepper and herbal notes of fennel on the long finish. It should prove to be long-lived relative to most Southern Rhône white wines; drink now to 2022. (JC)  (10/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Flattering, with a light honeyed edge to the mix of creamed melon, yellow apple and pear fruit flavors. Hazelnut and brioche notes come in on the lightly toasted finish. Clairette. Drink now. 180 cases made. (JM)  (11/2017)

K&L Notes

This exquisite vineyard was planted in the 1870s (that's not a typo). These old gnarly vines with their highly restricted yields produce some of the richest most concentrated Clairette in the entire Rhone Valley. Planted on a mix of sand, clay and pudding stones, this wine is the essence of sleek minerality. A touch of barrel fermentation adds volume and structure. The flavors resonate with ripe stone fruit flavors and white flowers, a touch of fennel pollen rounds out the finish. This reminds us of Chateau de Beaucastel's Chateauneuf Vieilles Vignes Blanc which sells for well over $100 a bottle. This is just as limited and just as cool for only $30. 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: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2018 | Send Email
One of the true treasures of the Southern Rhone lies on the property surrounding the Ch√Ęteau de Montfaucon. Here, the a small plot of 144 year old Clairette vines produces one of the most compelling and distinct wines of the region. For decades Clairette has been used as a blending grape in Cotes-du-Rhone and Chateauneuf-du-Pape blanc. But here, it takes center stage, displaying ripe aromas of pure fruit. There is an intensity and minerality to this wine that is incredibly focused. A nice wallop of acid keeps the palate fresh and lively, but should certain age remarkably well. There is just nothing else out there like this.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2018 | Send Email
Clairette doesn't seem to get enough love in this part of the world, but everyone I've met who has tried it generally falls in love with it right away, and how can you not? The Clairette Lirac Blanc from Chateau De Montfaucon is very floral, mellow on acidity, and very easy drinking. If you aren't drinking rose every day for the summer, and looking for something light, refreshing, and super tasty, I'd definitely suggest checking out this wine. It's definitely in my top 5 of summer wines for 2018

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