Clos du Mont-Olivet is a true insider’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Lirac domaine. Often described as a beacon of traditionalism, the domaine makes Rhône wines that value freshness and elegance over bombastic prowess. Founded in the mid-16th century, the estate today is run by the dynamic and talented Thierry Sabon and encompasses parcels of mainly 60+ year old vines in the heart of Châteauneuf and Lirac. The wines are classical in style, with heady, complex aromatics, and garrigue-laden fruit that tastes of the stones that comprise the fascinating soils of the area. Thierry’s minimalist approach which highlights his terroir, has garnered him vast praise across the wine world, as Southern Rhône wines rarely speak so clearly and eloquently of their terroir. It has become clear over the many years that Thierry has been in charge of this classic estate, that the quality of Clos du Mont-Olivet has never been higher, and the value represented by their extraordinary lineup stands as a bastion to historic Châteauneuf and Lirac. Sustainable farming practices, practicing organic.
Clos du Mont-Olivet Rive Droite is 40% Carignan, 35% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Merlot. Vines are contiguous with Mont Olivet’s Cotes du Rhone vineyards, grown on sand with galets roules and some red clay 50+ year old vines Indigenous yeast. Aged in 70% foudre, 30% older barrels.