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Chateau Mont-Redon will be familiar to those who know and love Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines,  being well recognised as the owners of one of the most highly regarded vineyard sites in the appellation. The superb quality of its vineyards has been recognized throughout history and prior to the adaptation of the appellation controlee system it was one of the few ‘Grand Crus’ in the region (together with Chateau Rayas). With almost 100 hectares of Chateauneuf-du-Pape under vine, the majority of Mont-Redon’s vineyards are located in the appellation’s most favoured area, the high plateau, which is covered in the large round pudding stones that Châteauneuf is so well known for. These stones are called ‘galets’ and their job is to retain and reflect the warmth from the sun. At this high point,  the huge pudding stone galets lie over a rich layer of clay which retains water and keeps the earth below cool. This helps the vines to resist the torrid heat of each summer. In the 1960’s,  some of the limestone terroir on the western edge of the appellation was planted to white varieties which are perfectly suited to limestone, because it is known for producing whites of great freshness and purity. This remarkable property is in fact a single vineyard which is very unusual in Châteauneuf-du-Pape where holdings are usually quite scattered. There has been considerable investment at Mont-Redon over the past twenty years. The entire winery has been completely renewed and is now naturally climate controlled,  utilising the water that lies deep below the clay plateau. From this water, cool air spills down into the winery cooling every level so that the whole winery retains a very cool temperature with natural humidity. Rows of oak barriques have replaced the old large foudres of yesteryear, and large temperature controlled stainless steel vats now line the walls, resulting in wines of freshness and finesse in both red and white wines. More recently optical sorting machines at harvest time have helped to remove any unripe or shriveled grapes as well as any vegetation resulting in great precision for every single wine. In recent years the developments have continued at a great pace with Pierre Fabre being installed as wine-maker from 2008 and in 2017 Pierre took over management of the estate from his father and uncle. In 2017,  he produced the first Gigondas from purchased fruit and in 2019,  he purchased more vineyards in the southern Rhône. This remarkable estate will continue to develop at a fast pace, as the potential of its great terroir is realised under the guardianship of Pierre Fabre. Mont-Redon is clearly a candidate for not only the most improved producer and the best value producer of the Southern Rhone,  but now also one the very best producers in the large historic appellation of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Mont-Redon looks destined to become one of the highest achievers of the Rhone Valley in the coming decade.

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