Variety: Grenache blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Picpoul
Country Region: France, Southern Rhône Valley
Made from a blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Picpoul and fermented cool and kept on lees for 5 months with no malolactic. Mont-Redon have long been regarded as one of the best producers of white Châteauneuf du Pape (and are also one the largest) owning some of the best limestone terroir that suits some of the white varieties so perfectly.
'Mont-Redon is the largest producer of white Chateauneuf, and the quality is excellent.' Remington Norman, Rhone Renaissance.
'Pale, green-hued gold. Penetrating, sharply focused aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits are joined by hints of chalky minerals, iodine and jasmine. Juicy and deeply concentrated in the mouth, offering mineral-laced pear nectar and Meyer lemon flavors that show superb clarity and drive. The floral note comes back strong on the incisive finish, which lingers with outstanding focus and tenacity. I was reminded of a serious Chablis. Incidentally, the 2014 rendition of this wine, which I tasted alongside this 2015, showed an eerie Riesling-meets-Hunter-Valley-Sémillon character, displaying intense mineral, kerosene, quinine and citrus pith notes and wonderful clarity and mineral cut. It's awfully interesting and complex now, but it has the backbone and nerve to ensure a long, positive aging curve as well. Drink 2020-2026' 92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2017.
‘Bright yellow. There is attractive variety on the nose – greengage, lime, aniseed. It’s upbeat and welcoming. The palate is also breezy and engaging, runs with crisp white fruits, notes of apricot, white plum. The finish is clear, with the fruit and content lasting well. Well made, bright Châteauneuf, does the appellation credit. Drink à table, more than the aperitif. 13.5%. Optimum Drinking 2025-27’. John Livingstone-Learmonth, Drinkrhone.com, Oct 2018.
Château Mont-Redon will be familiar to those who know and love Châteauneuf-du-Pape being well recognized as the owners of one of the most highly regarded vineyard sites in the appellation. The superb quality of its vineyards has been recognized throughout history and prior to the adaptation of the appellation controlee system it was one of the few ‘Grand Crus’ in the region (together with Chateau Rayas).
With almost 100 hectares under vine, the majority of Mont-Redon’s vineyards are located in the appellation’s most favoured area, the high plateau which is covered in the large round pudding stones that Châteauneuf is so well known for. At this high point the huge pudding ston galets lie over a rich layer of clay which retains water and keeps the earth below cool as it helps the vines resist the torrid heat of each summer. In the 1960’s some limestone terroir on the western edge of the appellation was planted to white varieties which are perfectly suited to limestone and give whites of great freshness and purity. This remarkable property is in fact a single vineyard which is very unusual in Châteauneuf-du-Pape where holdings are usually quite scattered.
There has been considerable investment at Mont-Redon over the past twenty years. The entire winery has been completely renewed and is now naturally climate controlled utilising the water which lies deep below the clay plateau. From this water, cool air spills down into the winery cooling every level so that the whole winery retains a very cool temperature with natural humidity. Rows of oak barriques have replaced the old large foudres of yesteryear, and large temperature controlled stainless steel vats now line the walls, resulting in wines of freshness and finesse in both red and white wines. More recently optical sorting machines at harvest time have helped to remove any unripe or shriveled grapes as well as any vegetation resulting in great precision for every single wine.
In recent years the developments have continued at a great pace with Pierre Fabre being installed as wine-maker from 2008 and in 2017 Pierre took over management of the estate from his father and uncle. In 2017 he produced the first Gigondas from purchased fruit and in 2019 the purchase of more vineyards have been made in the southern Rhône. This remarkable estate will continue to develop apace as the potential of its great terroir is realised under the guardianship of Pierre Fabre.
Mont-Redon is clearly a candidate for not only the most improved producer and the best value producer of the Southern Rhône but now also one the very best producers in the large historic appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Mont-Redon looks destined to become one of the highest achievers of the Rhône Valley in the coming decade. Recent reviews confirm this trend.