Situated on the left bank of the Rhône between Orange and Avignon, the Mont-Redon vineyards feature large, rounded stones known locally as galets. These stones retain some of the intense daytime heat of the southern sun and then slowly disperse it to the vines during the night. The Mistral wind blows away any humidity, ensuring excellent climatic conditions for the cultivation of vines. The grapes were handpicked and 100% destemmed, followed by a 12- to 15-day maceration to achieve good tannic structure. After malolactic fermentation, half the wine was matured in vats and half in barrels for 12 months until bottling.
I enjoy a nice Côtes du Rhône, when the simple things can often be the best. It’s a lovely thing to drink – smooth and supple, plenty of raspberry and liquorice flavour, rich without being sickly or claggy, a bit of the old ‘mineral’ thing, and a finish of satisfying length, with a lick of powdery tannin. Thumbs up. Closure : Screwcap; Price : $25.00; Drink : 2016 - 2020+ Rating : 91 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Dark ruby. Cherry, blackberry, licorice and cracked pepper on the fragrant nose. Taut and linear on entry, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that become sweeter and deeper with air while maintaining vivacity. Finishes long and seamless, repeating the dark berry character and delivering very subtle tannins. Drink: 2016-2020; Tasted: Jun 2016; Rating; 90 Points; Josh Raynolds; Vinous
A charming, supple and elegant effort that offers lots of bang for the buck is the 2014 Côtes du Rhône Reserve. It offer lots of red currants, spring flowers and pepper to go with a medium-bodied, polished and lightly textured feel on the palate. It will offer plenty of charm on release and over the following 3-4 years. Jeb Dunnuck, eRobertParker
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