Château Montviel

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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%

Château Montviel

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