The village of Lirac is on the opposite bank of the Rhone to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Chateau de Montfaucon’s owner Rudolphe de Pins graduated in oenology from UC Davis California and has made wine at Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe. Cuvée ‘Baron Louis’ is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsaut and Counoise, from old vines (50-90 years of age) and is named after the 19th century Baron who restored the Chateau. Rudolphe picks early to keep natural freshness and acidity and controls the maceration to extract soft and silky tannins before aging in oak for 18 months.
Spicy and complex nose of dried cherry, clove, white pepper and savoury notes. Intense and deep palate with rich flavours and soft tannins, with a structure closer to a Châteauneuf than a Côtes du Rhône.
French still red wine from South Rhone Valley France, made with Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvedre.