2007 Grenache/Syrah (Chateauneuf du Pape)Chateau Mont-Redon
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).
'The 2007 Mont-Redon Châteauneuf du Pape weighs in at a very civilized 14.3 percent alcohol, which in this region is tantamount to water! This is going to be a legendary vintage for the Mont-Redon rouge, but it is going to need all of a decade in the cellar to start to blossom. The bouquet is deep, complex and very pure, as it offers up a powerful mélange of black cherries, raspberries, lavender, pepper, stony soil tones, sandalwood, a gentle touch of meatiness and a spicy top-note. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with lovely purity and focus, fine, ripe tannins and superb length and grip on the well-balanced and still very primary finish. Mont-Redon is sometimes criticized for a lack of true Châteauneuf power in comparison to its neighbors, but not even the staunchest proponent of “Monster Châteauneufs” should have an issue with the depth and intensity on display in the 2007 Mont-Redon. The Abeilles are very enthusiastic for the potential of the 2007, and it is very easy to appreciate why this is the case. A dynamite wine in the making. 2020-2050+.' 94+ points. John Gilman, viewfromthecellar.com #32 March-April 2011