Château Mont-Redon 'Le Plateau' Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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Grenache Blend








Southern Rhone


Starting with the 2016 vintage, there is a special cuvée called le Plateau (de Mont Redon), which comes exclusively from the galets. It sees more oak and a higher proportion of new oak, but because of the concentration in the 2016 and 2017 vintages, it's not especially noticeable. The wine is a step above the large-production cuvée tradition in quality, but it's yet to be released. It's in keeping with the wine-making philosophy espoused by Pierre Fabre, who told me, "Color for me isn't quality-linked, it's style-linked. Most important is complexity and length." These aren't big, extracted wines but wines that feel comfortable and balanced.

A finished blend but still in tank at the time of my visit (this new cuvée spends 18 months in oak and then 18 months in tank prior to bottling), the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape le Plateau comes from selected parcels of galets roulés on the plateau of Mont Redon. The blend is 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, and the result is a top-notch effort, boasting explosive aromas of cherries, cocoa and baking spices. Full-bodied, silky, rich and long, it's buttressed by the structural elements of the oak, without being swamped by wood at all. 93-95 points, Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parkers’ The Wine Advocate

Densely packed, with the ripe, vivid dark fruit that is the hallmark of the vintage, as plum, blackberry, black currant and fig notes course through, carried by a deeply embedded graphite spine. Warm ganache, singed tobacco, Turkish coffee and roasted alder elements hang in the background. Offers a long, rich finish. Really well-built. Best from 2022 through 2040. 95 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator