Chateau de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Cotes Du Rhone 2005

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It’s bound to happen. At some point. Against all my expectations this was one of the worst wines I’ve had in recent memory. This came highly recommended as a Cotes du Rhone made in the Chateauneuf du Pape style (blending Chateauneuf varieties) from a single vineyard across the river from CdP and in a great vintage. And, amazingly, this vineyard is owned by a former member of the winemaking team at none other than Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe.

The nose was very simple and slight – a hint of red berry. Palate-wise this was all sour-cherry and boring. Too acidic and poor balance. Overall this was actually hard to drink and it took a few days and two people to get it all down (and with food). After an hour decanting it opened a bit and the fruit was a little more concentrated. So, while not gross, I cannot recommend this to anyone. I hear the 2004 was better.

Fair
$35 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars

Comments

  1. Jesse Porter
    August 6, 2009

    I can say with almost complete certainty that you got a bad bottle. It sounds like a case of slight corkage — just the kind where it makes all the flavors drop out, well before tasting like cardboard.

    I've had the '05 and two subsequent vintages, and it's never tasted anything like that.

  2. Shea
    August 6, 2009

    Ya, now that you mention it that seems like a distinct possibility. I'll have to try this again.

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