Chateau Mont-Redon Côtes du Rhône 2016
This is a terrific vintage of Mont-Redon's value-priced Côtes-du-Rhône. The appellation area is situated on the right bank of the Rhône River, between Orange and Avignon, in the village of Roquemaure, near Tavel. The property is located on a plateau covered with large rounded stones which provide an excellent terroir for Grenache and Syrah. All grapes are hand picked, which enables to select the best grapes. This is a major point in the quality of Mont-Redon's wines.
100% de-stemming is followed by a maceration of 15 to 18 days which allows this Côtes-du-Rhône to achieve a good tannic structure. After the malolactic fermentation, the wines are kept in vats in the cellars for a period of 8 to 10 months. Then they are bottled and stay for some months before being shipped.
The first vines found at Mont-Redon date back to Roman times. They were planted at the bottom of the hill, sheltered from the Mistral wind, that gave its name to the Mont-Redon property. In 1344, “Mourredon”, part of the Pope’s land holdings, was officially recognized as a vineyard. In 1923, Henri Plantin took over Château Mont-Redon and its 2.5 hectares of vines spread out across the appellation. He worked on grouping together as many parcels as possible, and had the foresight to plant on the wide open plateau, with its rocky soil and forest patches, never before cultivated, that looks over the Château. Alive with the same passion for their work, always in quest of the highest quality terroirs and the grape varieties that are best adapted to them, Henri Plantin’s descendants continue to search out the best pieces of land with which to ensure the domaine’s growth. For four generations, in the middle of their vines and through the centuries, the family has continually enhanced its wine-making knowledge, always in pursuit of greater quality.
|Region||France, Rhone, Cotes du Rhone|
Wine Spectator This provides a warm, fleshy core of cassis and cherry paste flavors, lined with light red licorice and singed vanilla notes. Drink now through 2019. 600 cases imported.