Chateau Mont Redon, Chateauneuf du Pape (white) review

Chateau Mont Redon, Chateauneuf du Pape (white) 2009, Rhone Valley, FR

Exotic.  A subdued perfume of flowers and beeswax leads you into a palate which is rich in texture.  This is a white wine which is probably as far away in style (as well as geographically) from something like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines as could be possible.  It is nearly fat with layers of richness (that's what appeals to me the most) and certainly not crisp.  That spicy floral flavour and beeswax texture lingers for ages.  And the complexity: every mouthful (and the minutes that follow) reveal different nuances to the wine: a nutty oaky edge, a little drying grip, a different perfume that you missed before.

Lovely, rich, textured wine.  Certainly not one for those wanting an easy introduction to the range of flavours of wines made from Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne and the like.  It is quite a serious wine, big on character and strength and needs a full flavoured dish to accompany it: spiced pork in a terrine or sausage, lamb rissoles?
Score 5/7, If you love this style of wine you will find the $55+ price tag appropriate to the wine, but that price  will possibly eliminate anyone who wants a fruity little viognier.


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