Mont-Redon Chateauneuf du Pape 2016
Mont-Redon has long fashioned an elegant style of Châteauneuf, situated as it is on a large swathe of the best terroir in the appellation, the classic galets roulés (rolling stones). This year though, the fabulous 2016 vintage has added an extra dimension of power and density, while still maintaining the house’s ‘distinctly suave style’, to quote Josh Raynolds on Vinous. And with the indefatigable Pierre Fabre now at the helm, there are signs already that Mont-Redon is heading for another golden era, with a renewed enthusiasm for producing the very finest wines clearly in evidence.
Last year, we hosted a great tasting with Chateau Mont-Redon winemaker Pierre Fabre. Then the “new 2015 vintage” was superb yet it has now been outdone by the just arrived 2016 (and for a change, no price increase). The tasting of last year proved the cellaring potential of the wine, with wines from 1970, 1989, 2000 & 2007 all in superb condition. The oldest ones close in style to the famed Chateau Rayas. This wine will rocket out the door. - Ian Cook, FWC.