- Red Wine
- Grenache, Syrah
- Residual Sugar: 4 g/l
- Full Bodied
- 14% alc./vol
About the Winery
Château de Montfaucon
Just across the Rhone river from the beautiful vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the Lirac appellation extends itself on the low hills alongside the river. The history of Château de Montfaucon dates back to the 11th century when the castle's first tower was built. The castle's role in history was strategic; the Rhône River was the border between the French Kingdom and the Holy Roman German Empire. Montfaucon was one of many castles and fortresses along the Rhône River constructed to guard the border.
Rodolphe de Pins took over the family estate of Montfaucon in 1995 and subsequently rebuilt the winery and began practicing sustainable agriculture. He honed his winemaking skills in Barossa at Henschke and Vieux Telegraphe in Châteauneuf du Pape before returning to Lirac, so needless to say, his familiarity with the local varieties is well established.
No overextraction or excessive concentration here, just bags of beautifully pure berry fruit. Lovely sense of elegance. Really vibrant. Long finish. Tannins are grippy and abundant but not excessive. Destemmed, matured in concrete tank for 20 months.
Wine Align - Michael Godel
A rich and relatively luxurious Lirac based on (60 per cent) grenache with (30) syrah and (10) cinsault. Heady blend in all respects, mainly fruit concentration but also warmth, alcohol and mouth-filling grain. Peppery to be sure as noted by an olfactory chirrup but also as the liquor slides past the gullet. Loads of berry flavour, a syrupy shot of kirsch and a shade of green. Definitely no lack of substance. Drink 2022-2025. Tasted April 2022.
Wine Align - Sara d'Amato
A consistently vibrant, aromatic and well-priced offering from the often overlooked, but long-established southern Rhône Cru of Lirac. Perfumed with notes of wild flower, liquorice and fresh fig. This blend of 60% grenache, 20% syrah and 10% cinsault shows notable refinement and impressive length. Despite its full-bodied nature there is lightness in its tread due to fine balance. Surprisingly youthful but ready to enjoy. Tasted December 2020.