Chateau Mont-Redon Châteauneuf du Pape 2015
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.
This is a blend of 100% handpicked Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Counoise, Muscardin and Vaccarèse. After 100% de-stemming, the grapes are macerated and punched down during two to three weeks to ensure maximum extraction of tannins and color. Once the malolactic fermentation is completed, half of the volume is brought up in Burgundian barrels of 228 litters, the other half is kept in vats. Following careful selection of the best wines in the cellar, Mont-Redon makes a single blend, which will be bottled at the Estate about eighteen months after the harvest. Once the wine is in the bottle, they remain for at least four to six months in their cellars before being shipped.
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
Wine SpectatorThis pumps out lush flavors of fig, blackberry and raspberry preserves, along with lively threads of licorice, warm fruitcake and ganache. Stays polished and refined throughout, with the structure thoroughly embedded. The long finish offers a nice tug of graphite. Best from 2018 through 2032. 650 cases imported.
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape is impressive and probably the deepest, richest wine I've tasted from this estate in some time. Made from 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and other permitted varieties, it has lots of dark fruits, crushed rock-like minerality, licorice and meaty notes in a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, yet elegant package.
Wine EnthusiastDried strawberry and red-cherry flavors are plush and soft in this unctuously rich wine. It's juicy and approachable, accented by hints of nut, spice and caramel. Firm but ripe tannins and moderate but fresh acidity lend structure to the midpalate. Drink now-2028.