2016 Malmont Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret (Previously $25)

SKU #1366859 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Savory notes of chestnut skin, dried thyme and rosemary accent succulent black plum and cherry in this wine. A blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, it offers bright acidity and a spicy, peppery tone that differentiates it from its peers. This balanced wine finishes on fine, softly edged tannins. Enjoy now through 2025. (ALI)  (5/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More flattering than the 2015 was at this stage, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret is a 60-40 blend of Syrah and Grenache. Full-bodied and lush, it delivers notes of cola, leather and allspice wrapped in a creamy texture and hints of mocha on the finish. (JC)  (11/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A fresh, pure style, with a pretty beam of raspberry and blackberry coulis flavors racing through, lined with light violet and mineral hints. Drink now through 2020. 330 cases made. (JM)  (9/2018)

K&L Notes

Malmont is a single-vineyard labor of love. Steeply terraced with rocky soil, the Malmont vineyard is no breeze to cultivate - the vineyard's name means "bad mountain." But it produces deeply colored and structured wines that have made the effort worth it for vigneron Nicolas Haeni, who was able to scrape together enough money to buy just the Séguret vineyard after his family decided to sell their property in 2012, and made that the focus of his new project, "Malmont." His bottling from Séguret is a Grenache and Syrah blend.


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By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/19/2019 | Send Email
This is a fantastic Cotes du Rhone from Seguret. The cool limestone soils and increased altitude of the Seguret AOC provide balance in the local wines, bringing an element of minerality and freshness. I get lovely aromatics of Blackberry, pepper, earth and maraschino cherries. Abv comes in at 13.5 which seems low for such a warm region in France. Side note: It is truly fascinating how difficult it was to make this wine. Read Johns comment below for more details.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2019 | Send Email
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Nobody told Nicolas Haeni that he was insane for cutting terraces and planting grapes on the steep side of a mountain. Nobody told him how strenuous and backbreaking it would be to harvest the damn fruit from such a place. I'm glad nobody spoke, but doubt it would have made a difference, as this winemaker is committed to both the challenges that nature presents and the end game of all that labored sacrifice, a soulful bottle of wine. Organic/biodynamic farming, precision terracing and vine density all contribute to the health the vines, and Nicolas Haeni's wines are deeply concentrated expressions, rich in polyphenols with mouth-filling flavors of blackberry, vanilla, pepper and damp earth. Pair with herb-crusted pork tenderloin for a memorable evening.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2019 | Send Email
This is a fantastic Cote Du Rhone. Incredibly to hard to beat at this price point, the Grenache gives it a wonderful red fruit lift, and with the incredible balanced lended by the Syrah it's become a favorite wine to pair with dinner for me. I like to give it a little time to open up, which lets it show off it's more subtle, earthy side.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2018 | Send Email
One of our more elegant Seguret options-- the Malmont bottling has a nose of fragrant flower petal, ground pepper and forest floor. It has considerably more depth than Malmont's basic Cotes du Rhone. Both have rich ripe fruit, but the Seguret balances that better against the more savory elements-- light traces of oak and just a whisper of smoke. After a significant decant, the fruit flavors soften and become creamier. Where the basic Cotes du Rhone showed cherry and cranberry, the Seguret is all ripe and ready raspberries. What a delight!

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5