Even better is the 2007 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône Baron Louis! An outstanding blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise, and Mourvèdre that’s aged in 60% neutral French oak for 18 months, it boast knockout aromatics of smoked cherries, lavender, fresh garrigue, and flowers that gives way to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced wine. Ripe, fleshy, yet with beautiful balance and focus, this serious Côtes du Rhône is brilliant now with a decant, yet should continue to shine for 4-6 years or more. Very well done and a solid value. (JD)
A new discovery for me, the 2007 Cotes du Rhone (a 4,000+-case blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, and Counoise) is a seriously built, concentrated, powerful effort displaying notes of garrigue, pepper, lavender, kirsch, and black currants. It also exhibits that wonderful seaweed wrapper (nori) scent that seems to be a characteristic of many southern Rhone wines. (RP)
Ripe and still youthful, offering a solid core of blackberry and boysenberry fruit, liberally laced with dark licorice and sweet spice notes. The still-fleshy finish is solid, with a toasty frame hanging on. (JM)
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