Estate: Château Montfaucon is located across the Rhône River from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region. An ancient property, with a long history of grape growing, viticulture has been documented there for over 500 years. Headed by Rodolphe de Pins and his wife, Mari, his ancestors came from Piemonte in Italy and acquired the Chateau in 1766. Rodolphe has expanded the original 18 hectares of vineyards to 60 hectares by planting new vineyards any by buying neighboring lands. [The latest acquisition was seven hectares of Cru Lirac including a plot of old Clairette vines aged of 140 years.] The average age of vines is 40 years, with many vineyards containing vines up to 90 years in age. The name ‘Les Gardettes’ refers to the guard towers of Chateau de Montfaucon that overlook the Rhone River.
Philosophy: Rodolphe de Pins states: “The spirit I search for in Montfaucon wines is elegance and finesse. I like wines that are complex, but also enjoyable and easy to drink”.
Winemaking: The family is passionate about natural and sustainable viticulture and winemaking. They believe “the final product should always express the flavours of the fruit”. Organic and sustainable methods are practiced in both the vineyard and cellar, only natural products and fertilizers [specifically sheep manure and grape marc compost] are utilized. Although mainly calcareous pebble stone, the estate’s vineyards have a diverse blend of soils including silt, clay and sandy soils. Produced in the saignee method, where the skins are allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a period of time.
Note: This is the entry level wine from Chateau de Montfaucon, and according to Rodolphe de Pins, this is an “easy drinking dry rose meant to be enjoyed casually in a jovial spirit”.
Tasting Notes: Bright coral in colour with friendly aromas of strawberry, raspberry and chalk minerals. Light, summery melon and berry notes are complimented by zippy acidity. Herbaceous hints along with chalk minerals on the dry finish enhance the overall refreshing character.
Blend of Cinsault, Counoise and Grenache [I could not verify varietal percentages.]
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