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Château de Montfaucon Baron Louis Lirac 2012

| red | full bodied & spicy |
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40% grenache noir, 15% syrah, 15% cinsault, 10% mourvèdre, 10% carignan, 10% counoise
Alcohol %
32-35 hl/ha
barrel aged
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
Fiche Technique
Other vintages available
2009, 2014
Product code
€ 18.50 as per 6 bottles
Tasting notes

Only the best fruit of old vines are used for this cuvée. The nose shows prunes, cacao and light animal aroma (gaining presence as the wine ages). On the pallet dark red stone fruit (prune, cherry), followed by a herbal nuance (bay leave) and spices (liquorice). Smoky aroma (bacon, cacao beans) in the middle, showing a more serious structure, supported by soft tannin and a pleasant acidity. There is a roundness as well as deepness to it; has great potential to age well. Will develop into something complex and attractive, but makes already fine drinking after decanting. Gastronomic wine, especially interesting for Châteauneuf-wine-lovers that simply don’t want to spent that much. [December 2016].

Wine producer
Château de Montfaucon, located on the right bank of the Rhône river just across Châteauneuf-du-Pape, has a long history dating back to the 11th century. The Pertuis family (the ancestors of the current owner Rodolphe de Pins, alias Rudi) acquired the castle in 1766. Montfaucon has a large variety in terroir and grapes (mostly old vines). Previously, the entire harvest was sold to the cooperative, but since Rudi took over in 1995, after a wine study and training on the job in California, the harvest used for Montfaucon's own production. Rudi is a master in blending, with harmony and balance as main objective. His enthusiasm seems to be locked up in the character of the wines: energetic, joyful, and most of all very distinctive. I consider this to be an interesting alternative for nowadays rather expensive Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Quote & Reviews

Rodolphe de Pins: “It takes some years for Baron Louis to grow to its full potential.”

Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): “A new cuvee, the 2012 Baron Louis Lirac is a gorgeous Lirac that has pretty black raspberry, spice and floral aromatics, medium-bodied richness and an overall elegant, polished and layered style. It’s a serious wine that will have 8-10 years of longevity.”

John Livingston: “A proper good job of Lirac here.”


John L. Livingston
Wine Advocate
Wine Spectator