Sunday, February 20, 2011

2005 Chateau de Montfaucon Cotes du Rhone

I had a bottle of this earlier this month and I thought it was plagued by a bit of cork taint. So I decided to re-visit it tonight with leftover sausage and lentils. Thankfully, tonight's bottle of 2005 Chateau de Montfaucon Baron Louis, Cotes du Rhone showed no traces of wet cardboard or moldy basement. Rather, the nose is a beautiful combination of decadent raspberry fruit, rosemary, lavender and black pepper. Sweet raspberry and herbs follow on the dry, dry palate. Acidity is initially a bit aggressive, but it is tamed after being open for an hour or so. Carob notes and big, chalky tannins kick after a few hours. A blend of unspecified amounts of old vine Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvedre and Counoise. Very nice value in the $14 range.

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