Chateau de Montfaucon

Rodolphe de Pins
Rue du Chateau 22 30150 Montfaucon
GPS: Longitude: 4° 45' 14"  Latitude: 44° 04' 31" N
Tel. 466 503 719
Direct sale: Monday - Friday 13.00-18.00. Or by appointment.
Mail: contact@chateaumontfaucon.com
Web: http://www.chateaumontfaucon.com

   

Chateau de Montfaucon is a place rich of history. The situation near by the Rhone River is of great strategic importanse. It's also situated at the border between parts of France which were controlled by the king or the church and the popes in the Middle Ages.
The oldest part of the towers at the castle can be dated back to the 11th century.
In 1420 the castle was owned by The Laudun family who was given the title as Baron to Montfaucon from the French king. 
During the next couple of centuries with the religious wars the castle was partly destroyed.
In 1766 Joseph Gabriel de Pertuis became the owner and Baron de Montfaucon. 
He is a direct forefather of the owner today.
His son Eugene also mayor of Avignon and a member of parliament married a Scottish lady and that's the reason for the Schottish style you can recognize in the building which was restored by her son Baron Louis in the 1880-ties.
1910-1970 the place was managed by a woman, comtesse Madelaine, who married de Pins and then became
Comtesse de Pins of Montfaucon. 
Until 1995 the production was delivered to the cooperative, but the next generation taking over this year
Rodolphe de Pins has some experience as a winemaker. He has among other places been working at Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe in Chateauneuf du Pape.

In 1995, when Rodolphe de Pins took over, the domain was covering 18 ha. New plantings and purshase of older vineyards have increased the holdings of vineyards to 45 ha.
The vineyards are cultivated by organical methods without being certified. The philosophy behind the work is described in this way by Rodolphe de Pins: "The spirit I search for in Montfaucon wines is elegance and finesse. I like wines that are complex, but also enjoyable and easy to drink; like the wines of Burgundy, but working with the Southern Rhône varietals and climate. All my work is to find harmony and balance in the wine."

Lirac Chateau de Montfaucon Baron Louis
40% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 10% Counoise and 10% Mourvèdre.

A selection from the best and the oldest parcels up to 95 years old vines.
60% of the blend is aged in 1-5-years-old barriques for about 12 months,
Named fron Baron Louis de Montfaucon, who reconstructed the castle in the 19th century.
This wine was until 2009 declared as a Cotes du Rhone but since 2010 declared Lirac

Cotes du Rhone Blanc Chateau de Montfaucon Comtesse Madeleine
40% Viogner, 30% Marsanne, 10% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc and 10% Picpoul.
Fermented in barriques and then 60% is aged in 1-5-years-old barriques for 12 m
onths. Named from the grandmother of the owner Comtesse Madeleine de Pins.

Cotes du Rhone Chateau de Montfaucon
50% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Syrah, 10% Carignan and 10% Coinoise.
Fermented and matured in cement tank for about 18 months

Vin de Monsieur le Baron de Montfaucon
"When I found this old magnificent label from the 1820s used by my great, great, grand father, Baron Eugene de Montfaucon, I realised all the history that was behind Montfaucon wines. In order to make a wine in the spirit of those days nearly 200 years ago, we fermented together all the grapes we have on the estate, 15 in total. The wine is racked straight into barrels after fermentation, as they did in the old days.This wine, unique in its style, is all in finesse, fruit, flower and elegance. It is in its own world, out of this time. I am sure it will seduce wine lovers, connoisseurs and collectors."
The 15 varieties are
Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Muscat, Aubun, Alicante, Tempranille - and white varieties: Viognier, Marsanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc  and Picpoul.

Vin du Pays de Gard Domaine Montfaucon Viognier
100% Viognier. 85% Fermented and matured in cement tank. 15% in barriques.

Vin du Pays de Gard Domaine Montfaucon Marsanne
100% Marsanne. 85% Fermented and matured in cement tank. 15% in barriques.

Vin du Pays de Gard Domaine Montfaucon Les Gardettes
50% Syrah, 15% Carignan,15% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre and 10% Grenache.
From younger vines. Matured in cement tank.

Vin du Pays de Gard Rosé Domaine Montfaucon Les Gardettes
60% Cinsault, 20% Counoise, 10% Grenache and 10% Carignan.


Rodolphe de Pins - 4 photos belong to the domain


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Rodolphe de Pins and Mari Hartikainen in the ageing cellars, 
of which some part is about 500 years old.
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Rodolphe de Pins is a part af an untraditional cooperation between 4 well known producers from Rhone: http://www.rhonegang.com/

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Updated 13-05-2018