Clos du Mont-Olivet

Châteauneuf-du-Pape | Rhône Valley

 

Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape North Berkeley ImportsThe family estate of Clos du Mont-Olivet is the collector’s choice for traditional, aromatic and age-worthy Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The Sabon family’s ancient, three-story stone house looks directly upon the ruins of the papal “châteauneuf” that gives the town its name. Their cellars are stacked high with dusty bottles—many without labels—stashed by winemaker Thierry Sabon’s grandfather when he first started making wine.

Clos du Mont-Olivet was one of the first wineries North Berkeley partnered with in the south of France, and since then, the estate has come to symbolize both what we seek out in wineries in the Rhône Valley (and beyond) and importantly, what we hold true and dear in great wine.

We have shared many a meal in this old stone house with the family and have watched the changing of generations—from the grandfather’s last harvest to his grandson’s first—yet the extraordinary terroir and talent that defines Mont-Olivet wines has remained as eloquent and exceptional as when we first experienced it so many years ago.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

Mont-Olivet’s some 15 vineyard parcels are found mostly in the northern and eastern part of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation (Côtes du Rhône parcels are north of Orange), with a patchwork of soils—galets roulés, sand and clay—typical to the region. The estate cultivates all nine allowed red grape varietals for its Châteauneuf-du-Pape blend. As such, Mont-Olivet wines present a unique look at the harmony of terroir and grape in this historic region.

While the estate follows “lutte raisonée” agricultural practices, there is no “dogma,” says Thierry Sabon, who prefers to let the vintage conditions and health of his grapes guide his decisions each year. In general, vine rows are plowed to control weeds; no pesticides are used. Grapes are harvested by hand and sorted both in the fields and at the cellar, and then fermented on indigenous yeasts in cement tanks. Wines are aged in a combination of older foudre, demi-muid and barrel, depending on the wine and vintage, and are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

WHITE WINES

Vin de France Blanc ‘Bohème’

A lacy, juicy white with which to celebrate spring and all that is alive. Younger vine Viognier grown north of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is blended with second-press juice from the estate’s peerless Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc. All tank made. Grapefruit, yellow fruit, light wildflowers.

 

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, others)

A silky, stately blanc with honeyed depth and light spice. A blend of Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc and Picardan—a unique and authentic combination of terroir and grape.

 

RED WINES

Côtes du Rhône Rouge (Syrah, Grenache)

A selection of younger vines from Côtes du Rhône vineyards north of Orange, on alluvial soils. The cooler temperatures here result in a more “northern” style of Côtes du Rhône.

 

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Côtes du Rhône Rouge Vieilles Vignes (Grenache, Carignan, Syrah)

A Côtes du Rhône with serious terroir credentials. Selected from vineyards (planted in the 1950s) that boast classic Châteauneuf soils (galets roulés, sand, marl), this wine shows the depth and complexity of a refined Châteauneuf while showcasing lively, summer-ripe fruit and spices.

 

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Côtes du Rhône Rouge 'A Séraphin' (Grenache, Syrah)

A special selection of grapes from the estate’s top Côtes du Rhône vineyards. ‘A Séraphin’ (ahh-SAY-rah-fahn) means ‘To Seraphin,’ winemaker Thierry Sabon’s great-grandfather, the founder of the family estate.

 

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Petit Mont' (Grenache, Syrah)

A savory red blend that captures the fine-grained, supple texture and spice of southern Rhône Grenache. A Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine meant to be enjoyed young for its fresh fruit and suave tannins.

 

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Cuvée Unique (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre)

A special North Berkeley Imports selection. A wine that can and will age with grace for 15 years or more.

 

 

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 'La Cuvée du Papet' (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre)

‘Cuvée du Papet’ is the estate’s top wine from its oldest Grenache vines, many of which were planted in 1901, and is produced only in the finest of vintages. This complex, age-worthy wine is a tribute to winemaker Thierry Sabon’s father, Joseph Sabon.

 

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Established: 1932
Winemaker: Thierry Sabon
Region: France • Rhône Valley • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Vineyard size: 80 acres


Clos du Mont Olivet is one of the great estates of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. They have been estate bottling for over 80 years, and readers looking for classic, old-style, traditional as well as long-lived Châteauneuf-du-Papes have a beacon of reassurance with the Sabon family, who have run this domaine so impeccably well.

—The Wine Advocate