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Baron Louis, Cru Lirac

Country

France

Region

Rhone

Sub-Region

Lirac

Producer

Château de Montfaucon

Vintage

2014

Composition

55% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre

Certifications

Environmentally Friendly

Press

91 points Wine Spectator
90 points Wine Advocate

Scores

90-94

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WINEMAKER NOTES

The Baron Louis de Montfaucon is the ancestor of the family who restored the medieval Château in the 19th century. He was also an amateur of wine producing and selling his wine. For this reason our top cuvée has been named in his honor. Baron Louis is an exceptional blend of five Rhone varieties in quest for a perfect balance, finesse and elegance. The cuvée expresses the richness of the Southern Rhone wines. Very long in the mouth with a velvety texture and a good tannin structure will allow a long aging potential to the Baron. The wine ideally accompanies all kind of meat: lamb, beef, game and duck in particular. Try also with meat dishes with sauce and seasoned dishes.

TASTING NOTES

The nose is intense and complex revealing ripe cherry, black currant, and blackberry, leading to garrigue and pepper notes. The mouth feel remains elegant even with an extremely good balance.

VINEYARD

  • Soil: Calcareous pebblestones on silty-sandy soil with clay

VINIFICATION

The fruit is de-stemmed and undergoes a 6 to 8 days fermentation followed by extended maceration for a total of 12 to 14 days on skins. Several grapes are co-fermented to increase their integration and exchange to ensure a better balance and harmony in the wine. 70% of the blend is aged in one to five wine oak barrels during 18 months. Bottled after 21 months.

PRESS

“Stylish, with a perfumed mix of raspberry, cassis, bergamot, rooibos tea and mineral notes. Offers a long, silky finish. Shows lots of charm. Drink now through 2021. 3,450 cases made, 1,200 cases imported.” — 91 points, JM, Wine Spectator

“Slated for release this fall, the 2014 Lirac Baron Louis is velvety and open-knit, ready to drink now but capable of aging through 2025. Ample garrigue and spice notes give the black cherry fruit of this wine a welcome savory edge, finishing with some fine-grained tannins.” – 90 points, Joe Czwerwinski, Wine Advocate