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2016 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Lirac

SKU #1502836 96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Elegantly perfumed with layers of dark fruit, vanilla and seductive oak, then to a stylish palate of generous fruit and polished, shapely tannins. (DWWA 2020) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Lirac Baron Louis is a blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan and 5% Mourvèdre that spends a year in oak, then a year in tank, and it will spend a year in bottle prior to release. At this stage, it pushes all the pleasure buttons, delivering ripe raspberries and Madagascar vanilla in a full-bodied format. It's plush, creamy and expansive on the palate, finishing rich and velvety. (JC) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Pretty lilac perfume abounds in this fruit-forward, invigorating blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvèdre. It's a hedonistic sip marked by piquant notes of pepper and licorice on the midpalate. The finish is stately, lingering on firm, upright tannins. (AI) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Alluring, with gently mulled raspberry, açaí berry and boysenberry flavors, infused with accents of rooibos tea, shiso leaf, mineral and anise. Everything swirls through the long, perfumy finish. (JM) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

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 U.C. Davis graduate and former member of the winemaking staff at Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. 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 on the estate, saving it from complete ruin at the close of the 19th century.

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2021 | Send Email
This is big and bold and an amazingly good bottle for the money. Spiced cherries, ripe raspberries, pepper, earth, and lavender are crammed into the juicy mid-palate, which takes on a dark chocolate edge as the wine gets air. As juicy and mouth-filling as the flavors are, the finish of fine-grained tannins is superbly dry and begs for rustic fare. A baby Châteauneuf-du-Pape for sure.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2021 | Send Email
After tasting the Baron Louis for over a decade, there are few vintages that I have as eagerly anticipated as the 2016. Let me back up for a second—Montfaucon is one of our oldest and greatest relationships in the southern Rhône. A young(er) Rudi des Pins met K&L founder and head wine buyer Clyde Beffa shortly after he took control of his family estate and began selling the wine directly. As one of his first customers, we have watched his winemaking prowess grow and evolve for these past 25 years. Now, my history with the estate doesn't go back quite that far, but I have tasted almost all the wines since the 2005 vintage, and the Baron always ranks as one of my favorite wines of any vintage. Late released, as per usual, the wine is given a couple of years in cellar after bottling to allow it to fully integrate. There have been many exceptional Barons over the years—2005, 2007, 2009 (which the winery released a few bottles to us from their library), 2010, 2015 and now 2016. These are wines that are reflective of Lirac. A panoply of red fruit, spices, and wild herbs emanate from the wine and invite you in. This is by far the supplest and most inviting young Baron I have yet experienced and a keeper for many years. But if you run out, don't worry, as the winery may release a little more in a decade but with a little holding price tacked on for good measure. The better bet is to stock up now. You won't regret it.

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