2018 Chateau de Montfrin Cotes du Rhone ‘à la rêverie’ Red Blend


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This Rhône blend, “à la rêverie,” is for the daydreamers.

80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Carignan. This wine is medium-bodied with aromas of tobacco, anise, and dried herbs. On the palate there are flavors of black cherry, bright red raspberry, citrus rind, white pepper, and leather. Organic Farming Practices.

Your backyard BBQ wine. Heat up the grill, throw on some burgers or ribs and pop this cork!

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Château de Montfrin | Rhône Valley, France

The Château de Montfrin has been an important site for centuries, and always played host to travelers and statesman including Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint-Louis, Louis XIII, and Molière. It has been in winemaker and owner, Jean René de Fleurieu’s family since the mid-1800’s, and he still resides there to this day. Today the château is surrounded by 200 hectares of vineyards and olive orchards which are all farmed organically, an ode to good heath that Jean René is so passionate about. His passion for good ingredients shows in the finished product; delicious Rhone blends for any occasion.

“From the peaks of Pic st Loup to the summits of Mont Ventoux, I have always loved this country, my land of freedom, the great house and my village. Whose houses, and doors are always open and through which one enters and is greeted with kindness. I would like to pay tribute to the town saddler who took me in, who carder wool, patched mattresses, repaired the harnesses of horses and mules, children’s school satchels and told an infinite number of beautiful stories. He welcomed me in his house and his workshop and thaught me that man’ greatest treasure is his ability to enjoy life. It is he who also taught me that the best way to know a land is to cultivate it. I am forever thankful. His name was Jean Donnet.” – Jean-René de Fleurieu

La Grande Maison:

The great house is a beautiful house with a rich and historic past. Residing in the heart of a village she was once deemed to protect. Through out her history, many famous people have stopped by. Such as Francis of Assis, patron saint of animals, Saint Louis, Louis XIII and Moliere to name but a few of the more well known.

The far mis structured between two activities : The Domaine des Captives composed of vineyards with its winemaking and the Moulin des Ombres (Mill of the Shadows) for olive oil.

Owing to acquisitions, exchanges and transfers of land it extends over approximately 500 acres, of which half is grapevines and the other olive trees and arable land.

Le Domaine des Captives: THE CELLAR & THE GRAPEVINE

The Domaine des Captives is the activity dedicated to viticulture, winemaking and marketing of the wines we produce. The estate comprises nearly 250 acres producing wines of different appellations, Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône villages, Les Costières de Nîmes and Les Coteaux du Pont du Gard.

4 wines in 3 colors originating from a dozen different varietals of which the best known are Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Roussane, Viognier and several others. The vines grow in a hallowed farmland made up of contrasting terrain. From the vast silty soils of the plains along the majestic Rhone to the sunny hillsides of its banks and the stony plateaus of it’s now abandoned river beds. Most of the plots are irrigated to allow the vine to resist the incresing draughts in the area. Some of the wine is hand harvested allowing for carbonic maceration bestowing a distinctive characteristic to some of our wines. The style of the estate is defined by wines which are lively and elegant, the use of little or no wood, with emphasis on the fruit and the terroir.

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Red Blends Wines

One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

Rhône Valley, France

For ease of describing the Rhône Valley, we will associate the region by two distinct areas: The Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône. The Northern Rhône, follows the River Rhône essentially from Vienne in the north down to Valence in the south. Many of their vineyards are planted on slopes situated next to the river as the valley is quite narrow and steep. There is a cold strong wind in this area, called the mistral, which can quickly damage the vines, so the valley serves as protection. The black grape variety, Syrah, dominates in the Northern Rhône. In fact, in many of the smaller appellations and crus, it is the only black grape variety allowed and produced. These wines tend to be a deep color and boast bold black fruit flavors with black pepper and florals. There are a few areas that allow for production of the white grape varieties: Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. Particularly, Condrieu and Château-Grillet appellations have a reputation for high-quality Viognier. The noteworthy crus of Northern Rhône  for red wine include (but not limited to) Côte-Rôtie, Saint-Joseph, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, and Cornas. 

To the south and closer to the Mediterranean Sea lies the much larger region of the Southern Rhône. With greater vineyard areas, the Southern Rhône is focused on predominantly red wine, but showcasing a vast range of red, white, and rosé wines from high-quality to inexpensive. Here the climate is considerably more warmer than in the north and the vineyards are on flatter terrain. The mistral winds are still of concern, so many of the vines are trained low to the ground for protection. To absorb some of the heat, many of the best vineyard sites have very stony soils. Particularly, in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the stones (or galets) are large and completely cover the soil surface. Black grape varieties Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault do best in this warm, sunny climate. Hence why you often see the term “GSM” Blend (meaning Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) coined from this region, which many other regions have now adopted and use for their blends using these grape varietals. While white grape varieties are a minority to this region, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, and Bourboulenc are grown here. Notable cru areas are Tavel, Lirac, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and the infamous, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Generic appellations of Côte du Rhône and Côte du Rhône Villages account for more than half of the entire production with the Southern Rhône, but don’t let the generic term fool you; These appellations, although not cru status, are also putting out some spectacular quality wines! 

In 1925 Jean René’s grandfather Robert Servan-Schreiber bought Chateau Montfrin. During WWII the Chateau was occupied by German Nazi’s and the family seperated. Jene René father was fighting Nazi’s in Northern Africa and his mother fled to Marseille where she helped Allie planes get in and out of France until she got caught by the Germans and thrown into one of the worst concentration camps in Germany. In 1944 the allies bombed the Chateau, rubble you can still see today at the property. After the war, Jene René was born and he lived most of his life back and forth between Montfrin and Paris.

Jean Rene started his career in fashion and married fashion designer, Agnes B, whom he shares two daughters with. About 25 years ago, after a few years of owning an art gallery in Paris and producing some films, he moved from Paris to their family home in Montfrin when one of his daughters was diagnosed with horrible asthma. The doctor suggested moving out of the city to a place with fresh air and less congestion, so he moved them to Montfrin, the family’s country house. At the time the family had vineyards but they were selling their grapes to co-ops. Jean Rene, serial entrepreneur started his own label shortly after they moved in and has grown the project to what it is today – A successful and growing winery and olive oil producer in the Southern Rhone.

10 years ago Jene Rene converted all of his vineyards to organic when he said his young friends, 45-50 years old were dying of cancer and other diseases. He produces wine he likes to drink and he doesn’t want to poison his family and friends with wine like that. He thinks everyone in the Southern Rhone should be farming organically. Due to the weather and soil, it is easy to do there.

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