On the Trail

CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON

Over the years, wine drinkers in the know have come to associate the Côtes du Rhône with quality, drinkability, and more importantly value. Since we began traveling to the Rhone in search of all three characteristics, importing wines directly from small producers in the region, one producer has emerged as the clear fan-favorite of the bunch: Chateau Montfaucon. The price-to-quality ratio we've found in these wines year after year is simply unbeatable, and our customers have come to rely on that reputation. 

While the Chateau has been in existence since the 15th century, it wasn't until 1995 that Montfaucon began making true estate wines. That was the year that Rudy de Pins (pictured above in the Montfaucon vineyards) returned home to take over the family operation after graduating from UC Davis, and working a few stints at Henschke and Vieux Telegraphe. Up until that point, Montfaucon had mostly sold its grapes to cooperatives in the region, working as growers rather than producers. With Rudy in charge the estate bloomed from 18 hectares to 45 hectares, and Montfaucon would acquire older vineyards while adding new plantings as well. We met Rudy on a trip to the Rhone shortly after that transition, fell in love with the wine, and it's been one of our most rewarding relationships since that time. Twenty years later, Chateau de Montfaucon is easily our most popular producer of Côtes du Rhône wines, showcasing everything our direct import program brings to the table: quality, drinkability, and value.

Montfaucon makes a number of standard Cotes du Rhone red blends, as well as a couple of white Rhone wines, one of which—the Vin de Mme la Comtesse"—is made entirely from clairette grown on 140 year old vines (pictured above). It's the only single parcel bottling from Montfaucon, aged lightly in barrel for a rich and unctuous texture.