Chateau Mont-Redon Châteauneuf du Pape 2010 1.5L
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Planted in Grenache and Syrah, these soils lend structure and backbone to the fruit. At the foot of the plateau, sheltered sandy soils support the Mourvèdre and Cinsault vines, which in this environment develop richness and intense aromatic qualities. The vines of the Châteauneuf estate average 45 years of age, and replanting of new vines takes place amidst the older vines in order to moderate the former's growth and productivity. All of the grapes at the estate are handpicked and then 90-95% de-stemmed before crushing, fermentation and aging. This is the first cuvee, which is typically 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre and spends 6-8 months in new oak before racking and then 6-8 more months in barrel. Look for this stylish wine to show robust flavors of dark cherry, crushed red berries and pepper with notes of chocolate and citrus peel on the nose, set in a ripe, integrated tannic structure and ending in a long, sweet finish.
Robert Parker reports: 'This well-known Chateauneuf du Pape estate has produced some of the greatest Chateauneuf du Papes I have ever tasted, including their 1949 (one of the top 25 wines of my lifetime), 1955 and 1961. This visit was the first time I have had a chance to taste these wines in many years, and it appears a younger generation is making a comeback with their offerings from Lirac and Chateauneuf du Pape.' October 2011
International Wine CellarBright ruby. Sexy aromas of red fruit preserves, potpourri and herbs, with a spicy topnote. Juicy and precise, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of smoky minerality. Showing impressive finesse and a light touch for the vintage. Very elegant, with a strikingly long, floral-dominated finish and gentle tannins.
Wine AdvocateSolid, with dark plum, currant paste and steeped cherry notes lined with fruit cake, anise and ganache accents. Offers a fleshy feel through the finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases imported.
Wine SpectatorSolid, with dark plum, currant paste and steeped cherry notes lined with fruit cake, anise and ganache accents. Offers a fleshy feel through the finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases imported.