A relatively new property, this 10ha estate was founded in 1985. Improvements since 2005 include micro-vinification (started in 2014), with separate vinifications of the 17 different vineyard parcels. ‘That way, we know the qualitative reality of each,’ says director Henri Parent. Greater selection means more of the château’s second wine is now made. ‘In 2005 we produced 50,000 bottles without a second wine, but in 2015, we made only 25,000 bottles of Montviel,’ says Parent. If you like the style of Montviel, you’ll love the price.
Château Montviel 2015 91
£ 21.83-£ 24.58 (ib) Asset Wines, Crump Richmond Shaw, Fine & Rare A modern blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc that will have its fans. The high alcohol lends an almost sweet black fruit aspect to the palate, with coffee and chocolate notes. But it’s polished as well as dense: the opulence is sure to please lovers of this style. Drink 2018-2028 Alc 15%
Château Montviel 2005 87
N/A UK www.vignoblespereverge.com The initial nose of toffee and caramel combined with red and dark fruits is promising, but the palate is somewhat tired by comparison. The tannins are not as refined as in the 2015, nor is there the same polish overall, though the 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc blend is the same. Drink 2018-2022 Alc 14%