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.
2016 Review: Moving to the reds, the 2016 Côtes du Rhône Reserve is a juicy, straight up delicious red that gives up lots of red and black berry fruits, black pepper, violets, and earth in its pure, medium-bodied, beautifully balanced style. It’s made in a fresher, elegant style, yet has plenty of mid-palate depth, and it’s going to evolve for at least 7-8 years. Rating: 90 Points; Jeb Dunnuck
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