Southern Rhone, FR
It was a rich history of vine growing that attracted the de Pins family in the 19th century to the parish of Montfaucon, already with a strong reputation for the wines made from Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault. Due to good maintenance and replanting over a long period, the average vine age here is over 40 years with some plantings approaching 100 years. The old castle you see on the label dominates the area around Montfaucon, overlooking the Rhône River, next to which it was built in the 11th Century, to guard against pirates and to levy taxes. On the opposite side of the river is Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
One of the strengths of Montfaucon is the diversity of soils (mainly calcareous pebble stone on silty sandy soil, or clay and sand) and its exposures. These combine with a large selection of almost all the true, traditional Rhône grape varieties – Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Counoise, Viognier, Marsanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picpoul – plus the long-time Spanish interloper, Tempranillo (known locally as Carignan Noir).
The current family custodian and winemaker Rodolphe ‘Rudi’ de Pins puts his curiosity and a number of vintage experiences in South Africa, California and Australia in making traditional Rhône wines that are fresh and complex wines showing their fruit and soil origins.
So the benchmark wine of Montfaucon, Cotes du Rhône, blends all the contributions of the classic varieties – Grenache for plum and fleshiness, Mourvedre for darkness, spice and vigour and Cinsault for its radiant notes of Rosés.
Winemaker: Rodolphe de Pins
*Field Blend – 15 Varieties