- Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah
- Residual Sugar: 3 g/l
- Full Bodied
- 14.5% 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.
The rich, tannic 2015 Lirac Baron Louis spent a year in barrel, a year in tank and a year in bottle prior to release. It offers up scents of leather, cedar and vanilla, but it balances out the oak with dark fruit notes of cola, plum and spice. It's full-bodied and velvety on the palate, while hints of licorice emerge on the lengthy finish. This wine has clearly emerged as one of the top Liracs. Drink date: 2019-2025
Vintage Assessments - Michael Vaughan
Deep intense purple-garnet colour. Attractive, gently complex, ripe, plum-cherry-cassis purée nose with some hints sandalwood. Dry, medium to medium-full bodied, slightly spicy, bright, ripe plum-cherry-cassis flavours with a lingering, well-balanced, harmonious finish. Quite ready to drink, this blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Syrah, 5% Carignan and 5% Mourvedre has 14.5% alcohol and 3 g/L residual sugar with new lot number L17/320 on the back label.