Chateau Mont-Redon Châteauneuf du Pape 2019
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
"Enchanting and complex nose of red fruit, tobacco leaf, licorice and delicate spices. Super-sensual palate that’s rich and refined, with so many nuances that you could spend hours studying it. Stunning interplay of ripe fruit with raw-meat and smoked-bacon character. Very long, silky finish that makes it hard not to take another gulp. Sustainable. Drink or hold." James Suckling 95 points Drink 2023-35
Moving to the 2019s from bottle, beautifully pure notes of cassis and black cherries as well as new leather, candied orange, and violets emerge from the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape, a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant 2019 that has perfectly ripe yet substantial tannins. Do your best to hide bottles for 4-5 years (or more), and it will evolve for two decades in cold cellars.
The best "regular" Mont Redon I can recall tasting, the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape is wonderfully full-bodied yet silky and harmonious, while the nose offers gentle garrigue notes and purple raspberries. The tannins on the finish are supple, and the flavors add hints of cola-like spice to the minty-fresh finish. It's an assemblage of 60% Grenache, 31% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre and 1% other permitted varieties, aged in a 50-50 mix of barrels and tanks. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes.