2014 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône SKU #1275653


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Just across the Rhône river from the esteemed vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this 88-acre estate is owned and operated by Rodolphe de Pins, a UC Davis graduate and former member of the winemaking staff at Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe. Montfaucon crafts their Côtes du Rhône to express the intense fruit characteristics of the appellation, blending to achieve harmony and balance.

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  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    K&L Staff Member
    I think of all the years that we have been directly importing the wines from this very old estate, their regular Côtes-du-Rhônes have been of consistent superb high quality and drinking extremely well in the near-term. This 2014 not only continues that evolution, but I feel may be the best that they have produced to date. Rich in appearance with a medium-deep ruby robe, the flashy, bright nose offers aromas of blackberry, violets, white pepper, anise, and mocha, with background notes of forest floor and filings. In its broad, juicy palate presentation you will be treated to a Gem that is beautifully balanced, lush, and silky, yet provides exceptional structure and depth of flavor that leads to a long, almost creamy finish. Although this Gem drinks wonderfully now, it will age and “improve” for another four to eight years. Rusty and I love this Gem, regardless of its price point, and plan to make it one of our house reds for however long it is available. A LUSH AND SILKY VALUE! …..A K&L WINE MERCHANTS’ DIRECT IMPORT….. ***** 14.0% ABV *****
    Drink from 2017 to 2025
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    Hands down, the Chateau De Montfaucon Cotes Du Rhone is one of the greatest values at K&L. With a higher percentage of Grenache, there is a beautiful aroma of Garrigue and a rich mouthfeel, with great potential for aging evident in the structure of the wine.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    This over-achieving wine has been a best seller at K&L for close to 15 years and it seems to get better every vintage. Asian spice, garrigue, nori, a touch of licorice and an array of red fruits and berries come alive in this snappy and clean value. This is amazingly complex for the money.
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Bright cherry upfront with underlying dark raspberry fruit, the Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône is straightforward and easy-drinking, but with enough depth and licorice spice to feel more luxurious than your typical twelve dollar red. This producer is always a favorite and their flavorful 2014 release does not disappoint.
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a very congenial wine from the Cotes du Rhone that shows rich, ripe red berries on the nose yet on the palate there is a tartness to the fruit and the essence of sweet spices and earth. A fantastic everyday red!
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    In the world of value-priced red wines, I'd put Cotes du Rhones on the short list of ever present bargains. Back when ten bucks seemed like a lot of money for a bottle of wine, I drank a lot of them. You could find them everywhere: Trader Joe's, Safeway, etc. They were usually good and rarely did I get a bad one. But in that world of value-priced Cotes du Rhones, there is still a hierarchy. At the top of that pyramid for me is Montfaucon. In the ever-expanding universe of $10-$15 wines, this one never gets old. The fruit is always juicy, yet restrained. The flavors are balanced, yet forward. The quality is there, yet the price never goes up. This is the quintessential French bistro wine. It pairs with just about anything and it always tastes delicious. What more can you say about dependability?
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Every year, I am always impressed by the consistent, classic quality of this wine. Plenty of pretty red fruit, surrounded by subtle smoky spices, with a touch of earthy goodness. This is how classic Cotes du Rhone should be made.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    It doesn’t get much better than this for everyday reds. Lighter in weight than the Lirac and the Baron Louis, it still displays rich Grenache flavors of blackberry and plum with smooth tannins rounded out by a long, crisp, savory and raspberry finish. At this price it’s worth buying a case—it never fails to please a crowd!
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    The Montfaucon Cotes du Rhone is always a personal favorite of mine, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one in particular, as 2014 was an especially challenging vintage in the Rhone Valley. Although it's not as big-shouldered as more recent vintages, it certainly is not lacking. There's plenty of juicy cherry and raspberry fruit in a more elegant and approachable frame. This is an ideal house wine that always exceeds its price point.


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