Château Mont-Redon will be familiar to those who know and love Châteauneuf-du-Pape being well recognized as the owners of one of the most highly regarded vineyard sites in the appellation. The superb quality of its vineyards has been recognized throughout history and prior to the adaptation of the appellation controlee system it was one of the few “Grand Cru’s” in the region (together with Chateau Rayas).
With almost 100 hectares under vine, the majority of Mont-Redon’s vineyards are located in the appellations most favoured area, the high plateau which is covered in the large round pudding stones that Châteauneuf is so well known for. This remarkable property is in fact a single vineyard.
There has been considerable investment at Mont-Redon over the past twenty years. The entire winery has been completely renewed and is now climate controlled. Rows of oak barriques have replaced the old large foudres of yesteryear, and large temperature controlled stainless steel vats now line the walls, resulting in wines of freshness and finesse in both red and white wines. More recently optical sorting machines at harvest time have resulted in wines of great precision. Mont-Redon is clearly a candidate for not only the most improved producer and the best value producer of the Southern Rhone but now also one the very best producers in the large historic appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
‘The largest estate at Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and historically the best known abroad, is the Chateau Mont-Redon, which has a 95 hectare vineyard. It is one of the showpieces of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, with healthy, carefully tended vineyards and a spotless efficiency inside the cellars.’ The Wines of the Rhone, John Livingstone-Learmonth.
2017 Reserve Mont-Redon Côtes du Rhône blanc (Stelvin)
‘Réserve Mont-Redon: this is mainly Grenache blanc, Viognier. Yellow robe. Elder berry aroma on the nose, cassis leaves, a hint of toffee. The palate is easy, fleshy, has an agile content and drinks with a little grip on the close. It’s a sound Côtes, suited to starters, has Grenache blanc fat aiding its mid-palate. 13.5°. To 2021 Oct 2018’ drinkhone.com
2016 Reserve Mont-Redon Côtes du Rhône rouge (Stelvin) A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Cinsault and 10% Syrah this wine has all the perfume and fleshy generosity of fully ripe Grenache fruit with freshness and finesse of tannins and that faint hint of provence herbs that makes southern Rhone reds, and Mont-Redon, so popular. Amazing value.
‘Dark red robe, full. The bouquet is well lined with blackberry fruit, has the 2016 vintage inner sweetness, a soaking of the fruits. There’s a note of licorice. The palate carries abundant, rolling, vivid cherry fruiting, really gathers good momentum and finishes splendidly, on an up wave, its tannins well sealed within, a note of black olives and slight tar from them on the aftertaste. This has captured the amazing vivacity of the fruit of the year well. 2027-28 October 2018’ drinkhone.com
2017 Reserve Mont-Redon Gigondas rouge
85% Grenache, 9% Syrah and 6% Mourvèdre, from 70+ year-old vines in two lieu-dits in the north of the appellation, in roughly equal proportions. Notre-Dame-des-Pallières is a south facing site at about 200m, whilst Pallière et Pied-Gu is north-facing and at 300m. The fruit from Notre-Dame-des-Pallières is fully de-stemmed, that from Pallière et Pied-Gu fermented as whole bunches and each parcel is on skins for about 25 days. Malo is completed in tank and then 60% of each parcel is transferred to 228L barriques for 16 months, before blending and bottling.
This first vintage of Gigondas by Pierre Fabre and his team at Mont-Redon is a resounding success. Top notes of garrigue and spice overlay a deliciously voluminous palate of red forest berries. The tannins are fine and silky and the wine finishes long and clean with refreshing acidity. Remarkably good now and will cellar for a decade or more.
2016 Lirac rouge
70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre aged 2/3 in tank and 1/3 in barrel.
'Dark red robe, a purple top. There are savoury, beef stock, black olives airs in a ripe, already pretty open nose; grilling accompanies its cassis fruits, some coulis in their depth, ripeness there. There’s a hint of oak. The palate runs with expressive black fruits, blueberry, licorice to the fore, with some grain tannin on the aftertaste. This is tasty, with its black fruits pretty clear cut, coming out with dance. This is modern, on the go, lively Lirac with good brio. The attack and its bustling, busy fruit carries well into the finish, where the oak gives some toffee. It can be drunk now. 14.5°. 2030-32.' John Livingstone-Learmonth, Drinkrhone.com, Oct 2018.
The reputation of Châteauneuf was built on its being ‘the most elegant and complex wine of the southern Rhône, not the most massive’ and that's the style that Mont-Redon pursues.
2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc 375ml & 750ml.
55% Grenache blanc, 20% Clairette, 10% Roussanne, 10% Bourboulenc and 5% Picpoul fermented cool and kept on lees for 5 month, no malolactic.
'Pale, green-hued gold. Penetrating, sharply focused aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits are joined by hints of chalky minerals, iodine and jasmine. Juicy and deeply concentrated in the mouth, offering mineral-laced pear nectar and Meyer lemon flavors that show superb clarity and drive. The floral note comes back strong on the incisive finish, which lingers with outstanding focus and tenacity. I was reminded of a serious Chablis. Incidentally, the 2014 rendition of this wine, which I tasted alongside this 2015, showed an eerie Riesling-meets-Hunter-Valley-Sémillon character, displaying intense mineral, kerosene, quinine and citrus pith notes and wonderful clarity and mineral cut. It's awfully interesting and complex now, but it has the backbone and nerve to ensure a long, positive aging curve as well. Drink 2020-2026' 92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2017.
2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge 375ml & 750ml & 1500ml
60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre and 2% Cinsault, Counoise, Muscardin and Vaccarese aged half in Barrique and half in vats.
’Very dark robe, more black-purple than dark red. The bouquet is dense, unwavering, on a thorough black jam paste aroma, a super coulis of blueberry, nudges of black olives lurking. The palate is stylish, very filled, has salted threads along the way, the flavour one of bold black fruits with a sealed, always smooth, oily, gummy texture. This has enormous richness, fantastic length, is a very dense orb, with the tannins showing some spark and spice, tar, towards the close. It will live extremely well, has the balance and size of this remarkable vintage. A magnum would be amazing. This takes me back to the glory days of the 1960s here. 14.5°. 2058-60.’ 6 stars John Livingstone-Learmonth, Drinkrhone.com, October 2018.
2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge 375ml & 750ml
’Deep ruby. Bright, mineral-tinged red and blue fruit and floral pastille aromas, along with hints of musky earth and garrigue in the background. Sappy, penetrating raspberry and boysenberry flavors show impressive clarity and smoothly blend power and finesse. A spine of juicy acidity provides freshness and structure and a peppery note lends a spicy edge to the back half. Finishes very long and appealingly sweet, displaying silky texture, slow-building tannins and an echo of ripe red fruit.’ (92-94) points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2017.
2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge
'Brilliant ruby. Energetic, mineral-tinged red berry and floral pastille aromas show excellent clarity and building spiciness. Silky, sweet and powerful in the mouth, offering raspberry liqueur and lavender flavors that steadily become deeper with air. Fine-grained tannins give gentle grip to the impressively long, penetrating finish, which strongly echoes the floral and red berry notes. In a distinctly suave style, with no rough edges.' (92-94) points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2016.
2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge 1500ml
'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.' 92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2016.
We have been very fortunate to gain access to small quantities of excellent vintages of wines that have been aged in the cellars at Château Mont-Redon. We have tasted all these vintages and can vouch for the excellent quality and condition of all these wines. Quantities are very limited and we have bought all available stock of some wines.
The following reviews (except 1970) are all by John Gilman, viewfromthecellar.com #32 March-April 2011.
'The 2007 Mont-Redon Châteauneuf du Pape weighs in at a very civilized 14.3 percent alcohol, which in this region is tantamount to water! This is going to be a legendary vintage for the Mont-Redon rouge, but it is going to need all of a decade in the cellar to start to blossom. The bouquet is deep, complex and very pure, as it offers up a powerful mélange of black cherries, raspberries, lavender, pepper, stony soil tones, sandalwood, a gentle touch of meatiness and a spicy topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with lovely purity and focus, fine, ripe tannins and superb length and grip on the well-balanced and still very primary finish. Mont-Redon is sometimes criticized for a lack of true Châteauneuf power in comparison to its neighbors, but not even the staunchest proponent of “Monster Châteauneufs” should have an issue with the depth and intensity on display in the 2007 Mont-Redon. The Abeilles are very enthusiastic for the potential of the 2007, and it is very easy to appreciate why this is the case. A dynamite wine in the making. 2020-2050+.' 94+ points.
'I really love the style of the 2006 Mont-Redon, which strikes me as much more classically cut from the mold of this fine estate and I fully expect that this will age into one of the “Burgundian-styled” vintages from this estate. The wine is just a tad lower in alcohol than the more powerful 2007, but at 14.2 percent, it is no weak-kneed wine. The superb bouquet offers up a beautiful mélange of raspberries, red currants, hickory smoke, meaty tones, garrigue, a lovely base of complex soil tones and a nice touch of spice in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and strikingly transparent for a young Châteauneuf du Pape, with lovely midpalate depth, velvety tannins and outstanding length and grip on the nascently complex finish. This is not the blockbuster of the 2007, but it will reach its ultimate apogee sooner and is already a pretty fine drink. I would try to give it a few more years in the cellar to let the tannins more completely fall away, and then drink it over the ensuing two o r three decades. Classy juice. 2014-2035+.' 92+ points.
2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape'The 2005 Mont-Redon is another fairly powerful vintage for this estate, with its style seemingly a synthesis of the broad-shouldered 2007 and the more restrained 2006. The nose is fairly deep-pitched for a young Mont-Redon, with notes of red and black raspberries, olives, spice tones, orange zest, a great expression of stony minerality and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with fine focus, ripe, chewy tannins and very good length and grip on the nascently complex finish. This will need some time in the cellar to really start to blossom, but it should prove to be a very strong and quite classic vintage of Mont-Redon in the fullness of time. 2017-2040.' 93 points.
'The 2001 Mont-Redon is a superb bottle really shows off the inherent elegance of this estate’s wines, and at age nine it is really starting to drink very well indeed. I am a big fan of this vintage in Châteauneuf, which in general I feel has produced more elegant and complete wines than in 2000. The 2001 Mont-Redon possesses a really lovely bouquet that is beginning its transition from red fruit to black fruit, as it offers up scents of black cherries, tobacco, a touch of garrigue, espresso, cigar smoke, complex soil tones and a nice touch of fresh herbs in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure, with fine mid-palate depth, superb complexity, well-measured tannins and very fine length and grip on the suave and impressively refined finish. This is on its way to being one of the classics, and is impressively cool in the mouth for its 14.5 percent alcohol. A lovely wine. 2009-2025.' 93 points.
'The 2000 Mont-Redon is a full half point lower in alcohol than the superb 2001 rendition, but oddly, it seems to show a bit riper profile on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is deep and very impressive (albeit still a bit primary), as it offers up scents of black cherries, grilled meats, co ffee, tobacco, stony soil tones, a touch of olive, allspice and a nice, almost leafy overtone in the upper register. On the palate this is a full-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with a fine core of fruit, still plenty of ripe tannins to resolve, fine focus, impeccable balance and a very long, chewy and complex finish. Whereas the 2001 Mont-Redon is already starting to show signs of approaching maturity, the 2000 is still in need of several years to start to blossom and is currently still a bit bound up in its structure. A very fine example of this vintage, the 2000 Mont-Redon should prove to be quite long-lived and eventually will offer up outstanding drinking, but a bit more patience is required. 2015-2040.' 93 points.
'The 1998 Mont-Redon is still a fairly young wine, but it is starting to come around a bit and is really showing its budding secondary layers of complexity on both the nose and palate. The superb and still fairly youthful nose offers up a fine mélange of black cherries, dark berries, coffee, spice box, a touch of fruitcake, smoke and a lovely base of stony soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and possesses an excellent core of sweet fruit. The finish is very long, ripely tannic and still a tad adolescent, with a few more years of cellaring guaranteed to be rewarded handsomely. The 1998 vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape is hardly one of my favorites, as most examples I have tried are egregiously overripe, but the 1998 MontRedon is quite classic and will be a superb wine in the fullness of time. 2014-2040.' 94 points.
'The 1995 Mont-Redon has begun to move into its plateau of maturity, as the fruit has transitioned from the more red fruity, grenache character that the wine shows early on into a more black fruity and complex potpourri that is so typical of this great wine at its apogee. This is a fabulous example of the vintage, as it soars from the glass in a blaze of dark berries, black raspberries, bacon fat, bonfires, fresh herbs, a hint of black truffle, dark chocolate, sous bois, and black olive. On the pa late the wine is full-bodied, deep and light on its feet, with great focus and grip, melting tannins, bright acids and simply great length and delineation on the complex and seamless finish. Great, great juice. 2008-2040.' 94 points.
'The 1990 vintage at Mont-Redon is remarkable for its freshness and purity in what was a very hot and roasted year in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The bouquet is deep, complex and tertiary, as it wafts from the glass in a complex blend of Cuban tobacco, dark berries, espresso, spit-roasted venison, sous bois, a touch of truffle and an earthy base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and fully mature, with a very suave attack, a fine core of fruit, melting tannins and a very long, refined and focused finish. Just a lovely bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape that transcends the general parameters of the vintage with its refined and elegant style. 2010-2030.' 94 points.
'The 1989 Mont-Redon is a stunning example of this outstanding Châteauneuf-du-Pape vintage. The brilliant nose soars from the glass in a complex and classic blend of red and black raspberries, black cherries, a touch of menthol, game, cigar box, lovely spice tones, incipient autumnal tones and a superb base of soil. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and moderately tannic, with a great core of pure fruit, superb soil inflection, lovely focus and excellent length and grip on the classy finish. Just a lovely bottle of Châteauneuf and one of my favorites in the last couple of decades at Mont-Redon. 2009-2035+.' 94+ points.
'I have had the good fortune to drink the beautiful 1978 Mont-Redon on four occasions in the last few years and each time I am completely smitten with the style of this superb wine. At age thirty-two the wine is at its absolute summit of peak drinkability, as it soars from the glass in a deep and complex mélange of dark berries, coffee bean, singed heather, gamebirds, lavender, smoke and cigar ash. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and absolutely à point, with great complexity, melting tannins and simply stunning length and grip. This is a classically black fruity, mature vintage of Mont-Redon that will have no difficulties continuing to cruise along at its peak for at least another decade or two and is clearly one of the top 1978 Châteauneufs. A great and utterly classic vintage of Mont-Redon. 2010-2030+.' 95 points.
(served from magnum) 'Monsieur Abeille observed when we tasted this magnum, that there was a higher percentage of Grenache used in the final blend in 1971 than is customary at Mont-Redon these days, and as a result the wine has retained a more red fruity personality at maturity. The bouquet is deep, pure and beautiful, as it offers up a mature mélange of dried raspberries, orange zest, pepper, a touch of bonfire, venison, coffee and fresh herbs. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and very suave, with a good core of fruit, very little remaining tannin, fairly low acids and lovely length and grip on the spicy and elegant finish. A lovely old bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape with still plenty of life in it. 2009-2025.' 90 points.
’Rusty orange in color, with nice cut to the dried orange peel, date and incense notes. A backdrop of sandalwood, charred mesquite and iron lets the very mature dried fruit notes weave in and out. A touch firm, but hanging on very nicely. Drink now.’ (89 points, non-blind) Wine Spectator, October 2009