The Chateau Mont-Redon red Châteauneuf-du-Papes open up and come into their own five to eight years after the harvest, but they can age over ten years depending on the vintage and the storage conditions.
Château Mont-Redon owns 100 hectares of the most perfectly-sited vineyards in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. More than half of their vineyards are planted on “diluvium alpin” soil on the highest Mistral (dry southern winds) blown plateaus of the appellation at elevations above 500 feet. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is famous for it's "galet's" or round, heat absorbing pebbles that have been shaped and polished over thousands of years by the Rhone River and spread over time along the appellations highest plains. In some portions of the vineyard this layer can exceed 2 meters in depth forcing the vines roots deep in search of the layer of red clay that lies beneath. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grown in these conditions produce wines that are generous, powerful, tannic and concentrated.
The remaining vineyards sit in two distinct soils, the first being primarily sand that was created when the Rhone River shifted course bringing with it the smallest parts of the soil, which broke into smaller pieces still (sand). These soils increases the aromatic character of Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre.
Urgonian Limestone soils make up the remaining vineyards. Soils here are shallower and give excellent results with the white varieties, rich with aromas of white and citrus fruits.
Grapes are selected and harvested by hand and transported to the winery in small containers. Bunches are destemmed and vinified in temperature controlled tanks with frequent punch down using the "pigeage" technique to extract the finest tannins from the skins. Each varietal is vinified separately. Following fermentation, 50% of the wine is aged in small oak barrels in the cellars for 12 months with the remainder remaining in cask. The wines are then blended and aged an additional 4 months prior to bottling.
5% Counoise, Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Cinsault
This pumps out lush flavors of fig, blackberry and raspberry preserves, along with lively threads of licorice, warm fruitcake and ganache. Stays polished and refined throughout, with the structure thoroughly embedded. The long finish offers a nice tug of graphite. Best from 2018 through 2032. 650 cases imported. -JM - Wine Spectator Magazine 93 Points
Vinous 92 points - Deep ruby. Bright, mineral-tinged red and blue fruit and floral pastille aromas, along with hints of musky earth and garrigue in the background. Sappy, penetrating raspberry and boysenberry flavors show impressive clarity and smoothly blend power and finesse. A spine of juicy acidity provides freshness and structure and a peppery note lends a spicy edge to the back half. Finishes very long and appealingly sweet, displaying silky texture, slow-building tannins and an echo of ripe red fruit..Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media 92 Points
The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is impressive and probably the deepest, richest wine I’ve tasted from this estate in some time. Made from 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre and other permitted varieties, it has lots of dark fruits, crushed rock-like minerality, licorice and meaty notes in a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, yet elegant package. - Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 Points