The perfect wine for risotto…Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Mont-Redon 2012


cdr_blanc2In 1923, Henri Plantin took over Mont-Redon and its 2.5 hectares of vines spread out across the appellation. He worked on grouping together as many parcels as possible, and had the foresight to plant on the wide open plateau, with its rocky soil and forest patches, never before cultivated, that looks over the Château. Alive with the same passion for their work, always in quest of the highest quality terroirs and the grape varieties that are best adapted to them, Henri Plantin’s descendants continue to search out the best pieces of land with which to ensure the domaine’s growth.

For four generations, in the middle of their vines and through the centuries, the family has continually enhanced its wine-making knowledge, always in pursuit of greater quality.

Today, Château Mont-Redon owns 186 hectares in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, of which 100 are planted with vines. In 1980, another domaine was acquired in the Côtes du Rhône, and in 1997, one in Lirac.

Around the towns of Orange and Roquemaure, our Côtes du Rhône vines are planted on stony, limestone-clay plains. The generous sun encourages the grapes to reveal all their best qualities on these terroirs.

41220 hectares and 4500 wine makers make the Regional Côtes du Rhône one of the leading A.O.C. red wine producers in the Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur and Languedoc Roussillon region. Average yield: 45hl/ha.

The soil is the result of a climatic and vegetal interaction stretching over thousands of year. Moreover, the strong presence of the Rhône has left its mark throughout the sedimentary basin, carving out hills and vales, bearing with it the alluvial deposits that have created a complex and varied landscape that extends from Vienne to Avignon, and from Cévennes to the foothilles of the Alps.

The typically Mediterranean climate is held in the sway of the mistral, that great and forceful wind that is borne out of variations in atmospheric pressure between Northern and Southern climes, and which is so vital and beneficial to the growth of the wine. The region’s climate is a heady blend of seasons that bring each in their turn, heavy rainfall, extremely high temperatures and log intervals of exceptional sunshine.

Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Mont-Redon 2012 £8.95

A lovely and refreshing white produced by one of the big names in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This comes from Lirac and is made using 90% roussanne with a little viognier.

Our verdict: This is the perfect accompaniment to a chicken or mushroom risotto. The viognier gives the perfect after taste and its a warm smooth taste on the palette. Definitely worth buying two or three bottles as it’s a great bottle for lots of different occasions. Visit to purchase a bottle or few today!

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