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Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The first mention of this illustrious vineyard in Châteauneuf-du-Pape dates back to 1334 under the name 'Mons Retundus', in a contract stipulating the vigneron's share of the harvest. Later it became 'Mourredon' meaning 'round hill' and finally Château Mont-Redon. Today, Mont-Redon is an estate of 330 acres, of which 200 are planted in vines. It is situated in the northwestern quadrant of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation on the high, stony plateau overlooking the Rhône River considered to be the finest microclimate of the region. Mont-Redon's extradordinary position, at an altitude of 360 feet on Châteauneuf-du-Pape's highest elevation, is one of very few to include all three soils types found in the appellation including classic alpine diluvium soils with large, round stones over a clay subsoil. Planted in Grenache and Syrah, these soils lend structure and backbone to the fruit. At the foot of the plateau, sheltered sandy soils support the Mourvèdre and Cinsault vines, which in this environment develop richness and intense aromatic qualities. The vines of the Châteauneuf estate average 45 years of age, and replanting of new vines takes place amidst the older vines in order to moderate the former's growth and productivity. All of the grapes at the estate are handpicked and then 90-95% de-stemmed before crushing, fermentation and aging. This is the first cuvee, which is typically 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre and spends 6-8 months in new oak before racking and then 6-8 more months in barrel. Look for this stylish wine to show robust flavors of dark cherry, crushed red berries and pepper with notes of chocolate and citrus peel on the nose, set in a ripe, integrated tannic structure and ending in a long, sweet finish.

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