The Château de Montfaucon 2017 Côtes du Rhône is a blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Carignan 10% Cinsault and 5% Counoise. Counoise plays a small part in Southern Rhône red blends. It adds body and fruit to blends.
What aromas do we encounter? It has an earthiness to it mixed with hot pebbles that have been roasting in the sun. There are notes of ripe strawberries, raspberry and Fig Newton cookies with a tad of white pepper. On the palate the tannins are moderate. Notes of strawberry, raspberry and black cherry cola. The finish is moderate with light spice and pepper. Best suited to food such as pasta with Putanesca sauce. Vegetarians can safely omit sausage from the sauce and add some extra anchovies.
(Château de Montfaucon 2017 Côtes du Rhône, Appellation Côtes du Rhône Protégée, Château de Montfaucon, Montfaucon, France, $18.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 13439, 750 mL, 14.5%,RKS Wine Rating 89/100).