Grape Variety: 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 5% Mourvedre &
5% (Counoise / Muscardin / Vaccarèse)
Growing Region: Cote du Rhone, France
Senior Winemaker: Christian Voeux
92 points - Stephen Tanzer, February 2010
In July of this year I stopped in to check out the well kept vineyards of Chateau Mont Redon - which are the largest family owned in the appellation, with almost 100 hectares under vine. The majority of Mont Redon's vineyards are located on the high plateau which is covered in the large round stones that Chateauneuf is renowned for.
All grapes are hand-picked, which enables them to select only the best grapes. After complete de-stemming, the grapes are macerated and punched down for two to three weeks to ensure maximum extraction of tannins and colour. Once the malolactic fermentation is completed, half of the volume is placed in Burgundian barrels, the other half is kept in steel vats. Following careful selection of the best wines a single blend is made, which will be bottled at the Estate about eighteen months after harvest. Once the wine is in the bottle, they remain for at least four to six months in their cellars.
In the glass you are greeted by a bright ruby red colour. Exotic aroma of raspberry preserves, red cherries and Asian spices. On the palate the wine is spicy, mineral driven, with red and dark berry flavours impressively supple and precise, with silky tannins giving support. A very fresh wine which finishes with excellent clarity and a spicy persistence. Serve at 15-17C.
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and will age well for another 5-7 years.
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with pork, bbq chicken, lamb salads and tapas, enjoy.