Chateau Mont-Thabor Côtes du Rhône 2016 is a real beaut. Chateau Mont Thabor’s ethos across the range is essential to let the grapes do the talking. It’s actually a breath of fresh air in the current state of the industry with the amount of mass-produced wine on one hand and low intervention wines on the other. This ethos is a true representation of what being a Vigneron is all about. Making enough to share but not too much that it dilutes the quality or the message.
Chateau Mont Thabor was founded in 1880 and has been family-run ever since a remarkable achievement. The name Mont Thabor comes from one of the mountains in Galilee, Israel and is steeped in history, often revolving around wars and religious events. During its history Chateau Mont Thabor has seen some interesting times, becoming at one point a coaching inn. Its owner at the time was buried in a tomb close to the vineyards holding the heart of his mistress. Crazy stuff.
Daniel the father and Fanny the daughter run the Chateau. Producing a Cotes du Rhone and A Chateauneuf du Pape, The philosophy is simple, the grapes are master of the game. A deep care is taken with managing, or caring for these vines. Growing Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre, Cinsault and Counoise.
Côtes du Rhône 2016 is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Cinsault and 10% Mourvedre. Hand-harvested and vinified in concrete vats over 2 weeks with regulated temperatures. 100% whole bunch fermented with pump-overs and load shredding. Aged in stainless steel tanks for 10 months before release. The nose is very aromatic with pure fresh red and black berries, cherries and plum. Juicy and youthful tannin on the palate with great balance and integration. A scented fruit length but with a touch of dried herb to finish.