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Domaine de Marcoux 2019 – Châteauneuf-du-Pape


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Defined as being a subtle balance between power and elegance, the wines of the Domaine de Marcoux are made with a masterful hand by a family originating from Châteauneuf-du-Pape since… 1344. A line that has wine in its blood, but not only. Talent, respect for the terroir through a biodynamic philosophy, passion and high standards ensure each year a production sought after for its purity of expression.

In this appellation with a rather virile image, here is an estate run by two women, two sisters, Catherine and Sophie Armenier, heiress of a very old local family whose name appears for the first time in 1344. It is their brother , who left in 1995 to pursue his career in the United States, who first took care of the current domain and who, above all, was the pioneer of the appellation in biodynamics (from 1991). Sophie joined him in 1990, and Catherine in 1995. While for many years the two sisters shared the work, with Sophie in the cellar and Catherine in the vineyards, Sophie’s son, Vincent Estevenin, joined in 2015 the family estate to replace Catherine. The vineyard, following successive purchases, today consists of 28 hectares, of which more than 16 are devoted to red Châteauneuf.

The vines are 50 to 100 years old, mostly Grenache. The estate works on small yields, and has been striving for several years to produce ever finer and more supple wines.

“A palette of black berries and spices, more Grenache-like with this stone aspect. The nose is southern but without excess. The mouth is calm, rather infused for a wine that has this richness but the whole is correct. » (The Guide to the Best Wines of France 2022 – RVF). This wine is distinguished by its elegance, its delicacy and its beautiful texture on the palate.