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The Resurgence of Chateau Mont-Redon, the 2009 and 2010 Vintages


The two bottles of Chateau Mont-Redon featured in this post represent my first experience with the estate.  There seems to be a resurgence as of late due to the enthusiasm of John Gilman (View From the Cellar).  The Crush Wine Co. offering of the 2009 vintage prominently begins:  “For my palate, Château Mont-Redon is far and away the finest current producer in the region of Châteauneuf du Pape” -John Gilman [0]

Frank Schoonmaker was perhaps the first American to champion these wines.  Early advertisements for this Schoonmaker selection from 1972 list the 1969 vintage at $3.19 per bottle in Dallas[1] and the 1961 vintage at $4.40 per bottle at Chevy Chase Wines & Liquors.[2]   It is interesting that in the pages of The Washington Post James Conaway recommended Chateau Mont-Redon in 1984[3].  He noted that they produced, “dark young wines of the traditional style” but also that they were “among the most expensive of Chateauneuf du Pape, but usually worth the price.”  Perhaps things were changing because in 1986 the estate fell under his “good producers” and not “fabulous” Rhone recommendations.[4]  Robert Parker took the change in style most vocally by including the estate in his 1985 article The 10 Most Overrated.[5]  Here he noted that the wines from the 1950s and 1960s were “as fine a red as one is likely to find in France” but were currently “Commercially produced in a bland, innocuous style.”  Over the next decade it appears the pendulum swung the other way.  In Ben Gilberti’s 1996 article Royalty of the Rhone 1993 the Chateau Mount-Redon was listed with his “Very Good” recommendations just under “Outstanding.”[6]  He particularly noted it was a “ready-to-drink Chateauneuf-du-Pape” and that it “Has genuine breed.”

Of the two bottles I tasted I preferred the 2010 over the 2009.  Both wines were elegant with clean fruit and easy to handle structure.  But the 2010 took the experience further with gently mouthfilling clean flavors and slow building weight.  Maybe the 2009 is a bit shutdown but over two nights it offered nowhere near as much interest as the 2010.  These are very approachable wines with Jenn noting the 2010 “was a very good drinking wine.”  I suspect the 2010 will benefit from short-term cellaring and recommend you stash a few bottles away.  You might as well buy an extra bottle to try this weekend!  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2010 Chateau Mont-Redon, Chateauneuf du Pape – $40
Imported by Kobrand Corp.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre, and 2% Cinsault, Counoise, Muscardin, and Vaccarèse.  Alcohol 14%.  There was a rather subtle nose of dark red fruit and mulberries.  In the mouth were rounder flavors of red fruit that was both weighty and mouthfilling.  These flavors mixed with racy black fruit.  The structure was there but supportive.  There was some brightness in the start from the acidity then everything integrated leaving an attractive bit of grip in the finish.  With air the wine retained very clean flavors and a sense of gentleness.  The flavors were very slow-building in the mouth with low-lying ripe fruit that took over the mouth in the aftertaste.  There was a sense of a wood note.  **** 2015-2024.

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2009 Chateau Mont-Redon, Chateauneuf du Pape – $40
Imported by Kobrand Corp.  This wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre, and 2% Cinsault, Counoise, Muscardin, and Vaccarèse.  Alcohol 14%.  The flavors were a little dense of elegance and gentle ripeness.  The wine was gently expanding with flavors of red fruit and a subtle structure with nice tannins.  It was a touch savory with seamless structure in the finish.  Maybe more to come?  *** Now-2024.

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[0] Chateauneuf Royalty for a Steal.  Crush Wine Co. URL: http://www.crushwineco.com/crush-library/mont-redon-2009/
[1] Date: Thursday, August 3, 1972   Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)   Section: C   Page: 6
[2]  The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973); Oct 18, 1972;  ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1997) pg. A15
[3] CHATEAUNEUF — A CASK BY ITSELF — James Conaway. The Washington Post (1974-Current file) [Washington, D.C] 11 Nov 1984: SM38.
[4] The Workhorse Wines of the Rhone — BY JAMES CONAWAY. The Washington Post (1974-Current file) [Washington, D.C] 02 Nov 1986: SM47.
[5]  The 10 Most Overrated: WINE The 10 Most Overrated By Robert M. Parker Jr.Special to The Washington Post. The Washington Post (1974-Current file) [Washington, D.C] 22 May 1985: E1.
[6] Royalty of the Rhone Ben Giliberti Special to The Washington Post. The Washington Post (1974-Current file) [Washington, D.C] 18 Dec 1996: E9.

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