Domaine de Marcoux
Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017
Southern Rhône, France

$140.00

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Style: Red: Medium bodied, concentrated & complex

Producer: Domaine de Marcoux

Region: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France

Grape: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault

Vintage: 2017

Soil: Red clay, galets, sand, gravel, clay limestone, marl

Farming: Biodynamic

Oak: 18 months in concrete tank (90%) and 350L neutral French oak barrels (10%)

Alcohol: 14%

Glassware: Bordeaux Stem

Decant: 30 minutes prior to drinking

Serving Temperature: 16 – 18°C

The Wine: It was naturally fermented and raised without any new oak. For those new to this wine, Marcoux’s Châteauneuf is drawn from 13 parcels of vines, biodynamically farmed and dotted across the appellation. With a concentration on the famous Crau plateau. This is a ripe and powerful style of wine while still holding balance and finesse. Lots of dark fruits, meat, gamey, smoke, olive and orange zest on the nose while the palate is slippery with beautiful poise. Please decant this wine and serve between 16 – 18°C to see it at its best. Will reward with 5 – 10 years in the cellar.

Sebastian Crowther MS

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Producer Profile

The Southern Rhône is distinctly Mediterranean. The landscape is rugged and a fierce wind called the Mistral blows across this flat land. Hot summers are tempered by significant diurnal swings, and mild winters follow typically heavy autumnal rains. A wealth of alluvial soils exists in the Southern Rhône, deposited over limestone subsoil in the river’s course. Sand, gravel, and clay have been left in the rivers wake, and larger stones have been dumped in the valleys mounds by post-ice age glacial melt. In Châteauneuf-du-Pape, these deposited “pudding stones” are called galets. Made of quartzite and smoothed by the river, the galets store heat, releasing it to warm the vines at night.

The roots of Domaine de Marcoux date all the way back to about the year 1000. Chateauneuf du Pape was not born yet. The area was still known as Castrum Novum, which meant fortified village. At the time, the ancestors of the Armenier family went under the name of Armani. And no, we’re not talking about the house of Armani from Italy! The estate takes its name from the village of Marcoux, located in the Alpes de Haute Provence. Catherine Armenier and Sophie Estevenin started managing Domaine de Marcoux after their brother Philippe Armenier moved to Napa Valley in California in 1995. Catherine Armenier is responsible for the wine making, and Sophie Armenier looks after the business end of the winery.

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Style: Red: Medium bodied, concentrated & complex

Producer: Domaine de Marcoux

Region: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France

Grape: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault

Vintage: 2017

Soil: Red clay, galets, sand, gravel, clay limestone, marl

Farming: Biodynamic

Oak: 18 months in concrete tank (90%) and 350L neutral French oak barrels (10%)

Alcohol: 14%

Glassware: Bordeaux Stem

Decant: 30 minutes prior to drinking

Serving Temperature: 16 – 18°C

The Wine: It was naturally fermented and raised without any new oak. For those new to this wine, Marcoux’s Châteauneuf is drawn from 13 parcels of vines, biodynamically farmed and dotted across the appellation. With a concentration on the famous Crau plateau. This is a ripe and powerful style of wine while still holding balance and finesse. Lots of dark fruits, meat, gamey, smoke, olive and orange zest on the nose while the palate is slippery with beautiful poise. Please decant this wine and serve between 16 – 18°C to see it at its best. Will reward with 5 – 10 years in the cellar.

Sebastian Crowther MS