Château Moncontour: Tasting & Drinking
In my admittedly limited experience, the wines of Château Moncontour, while seeming to remain true to the variety, and true to the appellation, both very positive attributes, rarely seem to excite. Taking into account the position of the domaine, on the prestigious première côte, and what other domaines such as Domaine Huet and Domaine du Clos Naudin achieve with similarly positioned vineyards, it has always seemed to me to be a domaine where the true potential of the terroir has not yet been tapped.
This finding perhaps reflects the size of the Feray family’s holdings, which as I have alluded in my introduction comes to about 190 hectares (some part of this is in the Chinon and Touraine appellations, but most is in Vouvray) which means they are working with very large volumes of wine. Perhaps it also reflects the very conventional chemically-dependent approach to viticulture that is the norm for the Moncontour vineyards.Please log in to continue reading: