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      Château de Montfaucon has actually been producing wines and exporting to the U.S. market since the 1995 vintage, but distribution here has been limited at best. The property was just picked up by a new importer in California, however, so its profile should be a bit more prominent going forward.

      The Côtes du Rhône 2007 is a blend of 50 percent Grenache along with Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan. The varieties are co-fermented in cement vat and then aged in cement for 18 months before bottling. The result is a racy, stylish wine with a lovely iron streak and lots of pastis, violet and blackberry notes.

      The Côtes du Rhône Baron Louis 2007 is a blend of 40 percent Grenache along with Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Counoise, also cofermented in cement vats, but then aged partially in used oak barrels. The wine is lively and tangy, with mixed red and dark berry fruit, violet and lavender notes supported by a long, graphite-tinged finish.