Terroir: Château Mont-Redon owns 100 hectares of the most perfectly-sited vineyards in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
More than half of their vineyards are planted on “diluvium alpin” soil on the highest Mistral (dry southern winds) blown plateaus of the appellation at elevations above 500 feet. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is famous for it's "galet's" or round, heat absorbing pebbles that have been shaped and polished over thousands of years by the Rhone River and spread over time along the appellations highest plains. In some portions of the vineyard this layer can exceed 2 meters in depth forcing the vines roots deep in search of the layer of red clay that lies beneath. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grown in these conditions produce wines that are generous, powerful, tannic and concentrated.
The remaining vineyards sit in two distinct soils, the first being primarily sand that was created when the Rhone River shifted course bringing with it the smallest parts of the soil, which broke into smaller pieces still (sand). These soils increases the aromatic character of Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre.
Urgonian Limestone soils make up the remaining vineyards. Soils here are shallower and give excellent results with the white varieties, rich with aromas of white and citrus fruits.
Vinification: Grapes are selected and harvested by hand and transported to the winery in small containers. Bunches are destemmed and vinified in temperature controlled tanks with frequent punch down using the "pigeage" technique to extract the finest tannins from the skins. Each varietal is vinified separately. Following fermentation, 50% of the wine is aged in small oak barrels in the cellars for 12 months with the remainder remaining in cask. The wines are then blended and aged an additional 4 months prior to bottling.
The Chateau Mont-Redon red Châteauneuf-du-Papes open up and come into their own five to
eight years after the harvest, but they can age over ten years depending on the vintage and the storage conditions.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
A ripe, strapping style, with bold black licorice and fruitcake notes leading the way, followed by juicy raspberry and plum paste flavors. Everything knits through the graphite-edged finish. Should age nicely. Drink now through 2025.
Score: 92 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
Bright ruby. Mineral-accented raspberry, cherry and floral pastille aromas are complicated by subtle garrigue and spice qualities. Seamless, focused and sweet on the palate, offering potent red berry preserve and floral pastille flavors sharpened and lifted by juicy acidity. Finishes impressively long and precise, featuring slow-building tannins and resonating floral and spice notes.
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