Mont-Redon Chateauneuf is a wine I’ve been fortunate to taste many times from many vintages. It is an evergreen for quality and ageability from this region. It is also one of the best value wines for long-term aging in all of France. When Mont-Redon Chateauneuf is young, it offers plenty of bright, red and blue fruits with a thumbprint of oak. There are nuanced spice, mineral, floral and much more. Mont-Redon is ripe and silky on the palate but has a lovely show of restraint too. As it ages, the elegance, balance and complexity really show through.
In short, just buy Mont-Redon if you like Chateauneuf du Pape. When you drink it becomes academic as you’ll love it at any age. At a recent catch up a friend brought a 2010 Mont-Redon and it was looking beautifully fresh, at a dinner 10 years ago we drank Mont-Redon from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s and they all loved stunning.
Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2018, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Up until the adoption of the Appellation Contrôlée system in the 1920s Mont-Redon, along with the likes of Château Rayas, was one of the few “Grand Crus” in Châteauneuf du Pape. Since then, the new owners have taken over and started using the diverse range of soils on the 163ha estate to make some equally fascinating Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The vineyards are among the few to be planted to all 22 grape varieties authorised for use in Châteauneuf du Pape. I’m a massive fan of Mont-Redon for their easy to approach style of Southern Rhones. But do not dismiss these wines as simple or light-weights. I’ve tasted the Chateauneuf back to the 1970s and it is a wine that consistently ages gracefully.
Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2018 Wine Review
“Limpid ruby-red. Mineral-tinged aromas of raspberry, cherry liqueur, garrigue and exotic spices show excellent clarity and take on a minerally nuance as the wine opens up. At once rich and lively in style, offering penetrating red berry, bitter cherry and spice-cake flavors and a touch of candied lavender. Shows superb definition and finishes smooth, spicy and impressively long, leaving behind a bright mineral note.”
The house of the New Pope. Where Grenache transcends its tendency towards mediocrity and becomes a noble variety. Chateauneuf reds can be a blend of up to 15 varieties with the main three being Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Some estates use all 15, and some use as little as one. With a range of terroirs and blending options, it is hard to pin down CNDP to one style, so find a producer you like and find out their conspirators. The ability to age here is the same as great Burgundy or Bordeaux. The whites can be as outstanding as the reds but definitely on the expensive side.
One of the great wine regions in the world. Situated along the Rhone river in South-East France, there is a distinct divide between the Syrah dominant North where the Mistral wind cools and regulates the temperature and the hot lands in the South where Grenache is at its peak. The region produces everything from easy-going quaffers to wines that demand long-term cellaring. Whites can be outstanding such as Viognier made in Condrieu, and Rosé makes a fair impression too.
Spain’s gift to the world; We know it as Grenache. I think everyone has a soft spot for it in some way. Almost too exuberant in expressing its sweet red fruits and high alcohol. It often needs other grapes blending in to add moderation, structure and depth, much like Abbott and Costello. Despite this, the wines of Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja and Aussie GSMs have a fantastic ability to age for the long term.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on the terroir and/or winemaker influence. The Syrah-based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere, while the Shiraz of Barossa is opulent and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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