Chateau de Montfaucon Cotes du Rhone red 2012 $29
This unwooded blend of grenache, syrah, cinsault, carignan and counoise is sweet and ripe to sniff and gently spicy, with aromatic wild herb notes, appealing for its savouriness and balance. An elegant, middleweight, fruit-driven red with a particular Southern Rhone personality. (Screw cap; 14 per cent alcohol.) Score 91 ★★★★ – view on huonhooke.com
Ageing? Drink for 10 years.
Food idea: Grilled pork sausages.
Stockists: Cellarbrations, Elwood (Vic.); Victoria Park Cellars, Glebe (NSW)
Ranked #3 of 24 2012 Grenache Blend tasted from Rhône
Price Benchmark: $50.67 Avg 91pt 2012 Grenache Blend tasted from France