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Producer: Domaine Du Monteillet, Article: The Northern Rhône: 2017 and 2018

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2018 Domaine Du Monteillet Condrieu Les Grandes Chaillees

Slightly deeper colored, the 2018 Condrieu Les Grandes Chaillées was brought up all in barrels, with 10% being new. It has a honeyed, brioche, and spiced orange-driven flavor profile and is medium to full-bodied, with loads of fruit as well as bright acidity. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years. It shows the more rounded, sexy style of the vintage perfectly.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

  $50 1

Slightly deeper colored, the 2018 Condrieu Les Grandes Chaillées was brought up all in barrels, with 10% being new. It has a honeyed, brioche, and spiced orange-driven flavor profile and is medium to full-bodied, with loads of fruit as well as bright acidity. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years. It shows the more rounded, sexy style of the vintage perfectly.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2018 Domaine Du Monteillet Saint Joseph Blanc

Deeper gold-colored, the 2018 Saint Joseph Blanc checks in as a blend of 66% Roussanne and 34% Marsanne that was brought up in demi-muids. It offers an exotic bouquet of honeyed citrus, tangerines, white flowers, and spice, with a kiss of minerality. Rich, nicely textured, and balanced on the palate, it's well worth following for 4-5 years.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

  $35 1

Deeper gold-colored, the 2018 Saint Joseph Blanc checks in as a blend of 66% Roussanne and 34% Marsanne that was brought up in demi-muids. It offers an exotic bouquet of honeyed citrus, tangerines, white flowers, and spice, with a kiss of minerality. Rich, nicely textured, and balanced on the palate, it's well worth following for 4-5 years.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2018 Domaine Du Monteillet Condrieu Chanson

Not yet bottled, the 2018 Condrieu Chanson should come close to the 2017. It’s another rich, powerful Condrieu from this terrific winemaker and has classic notes of honeyed stone fruits, apricot, brioche, and toast. It has the purity and elegance as well as the opulence of the vintage.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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Not yet bottled, the 2018 Condrieu Chanson should come close to the 2017. It’s another rich, powerful Condrieu from this terrific winemaker and has classic notes of honeyed stone fruits, apricot, brioche, and toast. It has the purity and elegance as well as the opulence of the vintage.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2018 Domaine Du Monteillet Condrieu La Grillette

From vines in the Grillet amphitheater, the newly produced 2018 Condrieu La Grillette is stunning, and while I’ve never understood why Grillet would have its own appellation, the terroir is nevertheless brilliant. Lots of white flowers, stone fruits, spice, and liquid rock-like notes emerge from the glass, and it reminds me of a Grand Cru white Burgundy on the palate with its depth, density, and purity. I can’t wait to taste this from bottle, but don’t miss a chance to get a bottle of this.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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From vines in the Grillet amphitheater, the newly produced 2018 Condrieu La Grillette is stunning, and while I’ve never understood why Grillet would have its own appellation, the terroir is nevertheless brilliant. Lots of white flowers, stone fruits, spice, and liquid rock-like notes emerge from the glass, and it reminds me of a Grand Cru white Burgundy on the palate with its depth, density, and purity. I can’t wait to taste this from bottle, but don’t miss a chance to get a bottle of this.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2018 Domaine Du Monteillet Saint Joseph Cuvee Papy

Coming all from vines around Chavaney, in the northern part of the appellation, the 2018 Saint Joseph Cuvée Papy offers a beautiful, classic profile carrying lots of ripe black fruits, strawberries, violets, and a touch of bacon fat. Silky, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, I’d put this up against anything coming out of Saint Joseph today.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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Coming all from vines around Chavaney, in the northern part of the appellation, the 2018 Saint Joseph Cuvée Papy offers a beautiful, classic profile carrying lots of ripe black fruits, strawberries, violets, and a touch of bacon fat. Silky, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, I’d put this up against anything coming out of Saint Joseph today.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2018 Domaine Du Monteillet Cote Rotie Fortis

While the Les Grandes Places gets all the love, I also love the Fortis cuvée, which has a more approachable, seamless style that I adore. The 2018 Côte Rôtie Fortis (which includes 5% Viognier and was brought up in 40% new demi-muids) looks terrific and has full-bodied richness and depth as well as complex notes of black raspberries, ground pepper, crushed violets, and rendered bacon. It shows more smoky, meaty notes as it sits in the glass and delivers ripe tannins along with stunning balance.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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While the Les Grandes Places gets all the love, I also love the Fortis cuvée, which has a more approachable, seamless style that I adore. The 2018 Côte Rôtie Fortis (which includes 5% Viognier and was brought up in 40% new demi-muids) looks terrific and has full-bodied richness and depth as well as complex notes of black raspberries, ground pepper, crushed violets, and rendered bacon. It shows more smoky, meaty notes as it sits in the glass and delivers ripe tannins along with stunning balance.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2018 Domaine Du Monteillet Cote Rotie Les Grandes Places

The 2018 Côte Rôtie Les Grandes Places comes from a rocky, schist terroir located in the northern part of the appellation and is brought up all in barrel. It offers incredible crème de cassis fruits interwoven with notions of violets, graphite, crushed stone, and rare meat. This powerhouse is loaded with fruit, extract, and tannin, yet it has remarkable purity. It’s not for those seeking instant gratification and will need a solid 7-8 years of bottle age, but wow, what a wine.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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The 2018 Côte Rôtie Les Grandes Places comes from a rocky, schist terroir located in the northern part of the appellation and is brought up all in barrel. It offers incredible crème de cassis fruits interwoven with notions of violets, graphite, crushed stone, and rare meat. This powerhouse is loaded with fruit, extract, and tannin, yet it has remarkable purity. It’s not for those seeking instant gratification and will need a solid 7-8 years of bottle age, but wow, what a wine.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2017 Domaine Du Monteillet Condrieu Les Grandes Chaillees

Brought up in 10% new oak, the 2017 Condrieu Les Grandes Chaillées is a big step up over the 2018 and offers an exotic, spice-filled bouquet of ripe pineapple, exotic flowers, tangerine, and honeyed minerality. Rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, and impeccably balanced, it's a knockout Condrieu to enjoy over the coming 4-5 years.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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Brought up in 10% new oak, the 2017 Condrieu Les Grandes Chaillées is a big step up over the 2018 and offers an exotic, spice-filled bouquet of ripe pineapple, exotic flowers, tangerine, and honeyed minerality. Rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, and impeccably balanced, it's a knockout Condrieu to enjoy over the coming 4-5 years.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2017 Domaine Du Monteillet Condrieu Chanson

From the same lieu-dit that Andre Perret makes his Clos Chanson from, the 2017 Condrieu Chanson spent 19 months in roughly 20% new French oak. It’s noticeably deeper hued than the Les Grandes Chaillees and offers a more deep, powerful bouquet of honey apricot, flower oil, toasted spice, and sautéed peach. This full-bodied Condrieu has a profound, deep, layered texture, flawless balance, and a great finish. It's not for those looking for Sauvignon Blanc-like Condrieu and is a massive, opulent, singular Condrieu that's going to need to be paired with food. It's stunning.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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From the same lieu-dit that Andre Perret makes his Clos Chanson from, the 2017 Condrieu Chanson spent 19 months in roughly 20% new French oak. It’s noticeably deeper hued than the Les Grandes Chaillees and offers a more deep, powerful bouquet of honey apricot, flower oil, toasted spice, and sautéed peach. This full-bodied Condrieu has a profound, deep, layered texture, flawless balance, and a great finish. It's not for those looking for Sauvignon Blanc-like Condrieu and is a massive, opulent, singular Condrieu that's going to need to be paired with food. It's stunning.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2017 Domaine Du Monteillet Saint Joseph Blanc

A Roussanne-dominated blend that includes 34% Marsanne, the 2017 Saint Joseph Blanc reveals a medium gold hue as well as notes of honeyed citrus, sautéed apples, spice, and sappy herbs. It's medium-bodied, has a fresh, lively style on the palate, and a good finish.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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A Roussanne-dominated blend that includes 34% Marsanne, the 2017 Saint Joseph Blanc reveals a medium gold hue as well as notes of honeyed citrus, sautéed apples, spice, and sappy herbs. It's medium-bodied, has a fresh, lively style on the palate, and a good finish.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2017 Domaine Du Monteillet Condrieu La Grillette

I believe the first vintage for this cuvée, the 2017 Condrieu La Grillette comes from the Grillet amphitheater and is brought up all in barrels. As with the 2018, it’s an incredible Condrieu that has a rare sense of minerality and purity, while still packing awesome depth and richness. Lots of white flowers, crushed rocks, quince, and stone fruits define the bouquet, and it’s focused and incredibly pure on the palate. Not yet bottled, it’s going to be one of the wines of the vintage.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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I believe the first vintage for this cuvée, the 2017 Condrieu La Grillette comes from the Grillet amphitheater and is brought up all in barrels. As with the 2018, it’s an incredible Condrieu that has a rare sense of minerality and purity, while still packing awesome depth and richness. Lots of white flowers, crushed rocks, quince, and stone fruits define the bouquet, and it’s focused and incredibly pure on the palate. Not yet bottled, it’s going to be one of the wines of the vintage.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2017 Domaine Du Monteillet Cornas Le Cote

The 2017 Cornas Le Cote showed well, with plenty of gamey, violet, and peppery notes as well as medium to full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. It has some oak to integrate, so 2-3 years of bottle age will be warranted.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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The 2017 Cornas Le Cote showed well, with plenty of gamey, violet, and peppery notes as well as medium to full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. It has some oak to integrate, so 2-3 years of bottle age will be warranted.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2017 Domaine Du Monteillet Cote Rotie Bons Arrets Monopole

The 2017 Côte Rôtie Bons Arrets Monopole from Montez sports a healthy ruby/purple color as well as a beautiful perfume of black raspberries, mulberries, spring flowers, and flowery incense. Elegant and ethereal on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness, it has polished tannins, terrific overall balance, and a great finish. Drink it any time over the coming 15 years or so.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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The 2017 Côte Rôtie Bons Arrets Monopole from Montez sports a healthy ruby/purple color as well as a beautiful perfume of black raspberries, mulberries, spring flowers, and flowery incense. Elegant and ethereal on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness, it has polished tannins, terrific overall balance, and a great finish. Drink it any time over the coming 15 years or so.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2017 Domaine Du Monteillet Cote Rotie Fortis

The 2017 Côte Rôtie Fortis has a touch more density and depth, offering up a rocking bouquet of cassis and blackberry fruits as well as notes of peach pit, exotic flowers, and peppered meat. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it's one of those wines that offers loads of intensity yet stays light and graceful, with no sensation of weight. It's going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and drink brilliantly for over a decade.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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The 2017 Côte Rôtie Fortis has a touch more density and depth, offering up a rocking bouquet of cassis and blackberry fruits as well as notes of peach pit, exotic flowers, and peppered meat. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it's one of those wines that offers loads of intensity yet stays light and graceful, with no sensation of weight. It's going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and drink brilliantly for over a decade.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2017 Domaine Du Monteillet Saint Joseph Cuvee Du Papy

The 2017 Saint Joseph Cuvée Du Papy from Montez reminds me of a Côte Rôtie with its beautiful perfume of black raspberries, spring flowers, ground pepper, and liquid violets. These carry to a medium to full-bodied Saint Joseph that has notable minerality, bright acidity, and enough tannins to warrant 3-4 years of bottle age. It's beautiful wine well worth seeking out.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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The 2017 Saint Joseph Cuvée Du Papy from Montez reminds me of a Côte Rôtie with its beautiful perfume of black raspberries, spring flowers, ground pepper, and liquid violets. These carry to a medium to full-bodied Saint Joseph that has notable minerality, bright acidity, and enough tannins to warrant 3-4 years of bottle age. It's beautiful wine well worth seeking out.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

2017 Domaine Du Monteillet Cote Rotie Les Grandes Places

Not yet bottled, the 2017 Côte Rôtie Les Grandes Places is cut from the same cloth as the 2018 yet doesn’t have quite as much baby fat. A huge nose of black raspberries, cassis, graphite, and ground pepper soar from the glass, and it hits the palate with a firm, structured, incredibly concentrated style. It’s another wine from this estate that is just loaded with potential yet will need ample bottle age to drink well.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.

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Not yet bottled, the 2017 Côte Rôtie Les Grandes Places is cut from the same cloth as the 2018 yet doesn’t have quite as much baby fat. A huge nose of black raspberries, cassis, graphite, and ground pepper soar from the glass, and it hits the palate with a firm, structured, incredibly concentrated style. It’s another wine from this estate that is just loaded with potential yet will need ample bottle age to drink well.

Stephane Montez is unquestionably one of the most talented and passionate vignerons in the Northern Rhône and produces a bevy of brilliant Condrieu and Côte Rôties. In addition to his classic Les Grandes Chaillees and Chanson Condrieu releases, Montez has recently added a new Condrieu La Grillette to his repertoire that comes from vines bordering Chateau Grillet. It’s another magical wine in this lineup and while neither the 2017 nor 2018 had been bottled, both were some of the finest Condrieu to pass my lips. Looking at the reds, the two flagship releases are the Côte Rôtie Fortis, which is notable for its large Viognier component, and the Les Grandes Places, which sees the longest élevage of all the reds. The Fortis is relatively approachable on release and is always a seamless, seductive wine. The Grandes Places is a beast of a wine that demands upwards of a decade of bottle age.