Chateau Mont Thabor Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Chateau Mont Thabor Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Mont Thabor is owned and managed by Daniel Stehlin today. Daniel Stehlin owns more than Mont Thabor, he also possesses one of the best mustaches in the Southern Rhone Valley. The creation of Mont Thabor dates back to the late 1800’s when it was purchased by the Stehelin family. The estate took its name from Don Prenety, who was inspired by the Illumines of Avignon in the early 1800’s. Prior to becoming a winery, Mont Thabor was used as a combination of a mystic retreat and a hotel. The modern era at Chateau Mont Thabor starts with the 2000 vintage.

Chateau Mont Thabor Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Mont Thabor has 4 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape on a terroir of mostly rocks and stones with some red clay in the soil. The vines are planted in the Croix de Bois and Pied Redon lieux-dits.

Chateau Mont Thabor produces one red Chateauneuf du Pape wine.

The wine of Chateau Mont Thabor Chateauneuf du Pape is made from a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and close to 2.5% Mourvedre and 2.5% Cinsault. The Grenache vines are old at close to 75 years of age. The grapes are not destemmed. Vinification takes place in traditional concrete tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine of Mont Thabor is aged in a combination of 70% used, French oak barrels and cement vats. Not much wine is made here. The production is on average close to 400 cases per year.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Mont Thabor with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Mont Thabor is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Mont Thabor is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Chateau Mont Thabor is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

The white wine of Chateau Mont Thabor is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

Chateau Mont Thabor also owns 6 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation. In the Cotes du Rhone, Chateau Mont Thabor produces both red and white wines.

Château Mont Thabor Wine Tasting Notes

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2015Château Mont Thabor  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)90 pts

Medium bodied, soft and silky, this elegant, fresh wine serves up juicy, fresh kirsch and floral characteristics with little effort. The wine was made from blending 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

90 points - Tasted
2014Château Mont Thabor  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)88 pts

Medium bodied, forward, open, red berry filled, spicy wine that will offer fine, early drinking pleasure with a fresh floral character. Drink this tasty wine young, as it is not going to make old bones. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

88 points - Tasted
2013Château Mont Thabor  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)88 pts

Forward, early drinking style, with freshness to the red fruits and a spicy core of fruit in an easy to like finish.

88 points - Tasted
2012Château Mont Thabor  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)91 pts

Sweet cherry and garrigue filled the air. The wine offers ample richness, intensity and lush textures and ample freshness. Produced from a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault, the wine reached 15.9% alcohol.

91 points - Tasted
2011Château Mont Thabor  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)87 pts

Candied red berries, medium bodied and forward, this lighter styled wine should be best young.

87 points - Tasted
2010Château Mont Thabor  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)90 pts

Medium/full bodied, dark red in color, plushly textured, with a ripe, sweet, black raspberry, thyme, pepper and garrigue personality. There is freshness and a blast of kirsch in the finish.

90 points - Tasted
2007Château Mont Thabor  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)90 pts

Ready to go, the wine is medium/full bodied, with loads of sweet, ripe, juicy red fruit, pepper and herbs, coupled with supple textures and fresh, red berries in the finish.

90 points - Tasted