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Marcoux Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2021

Marcoux Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2021

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Tasting Notes

Not all Cotes du Rhone are created equal. This wine is made from a couple of biodynamically farmed old vine parcels that border Chateauneuf du Pape. Mostly Grenache with a bit of Mourvedre, Syrah and a touch of Cinsault too. This is a darker, deeper, more concentrated Cotes du Rhone that shows the more serious end of the appelation. Packed with red and dark berries, aromatic roasting herbs with a long velvetty finish. It's great drinking now but could be put down for a few years too. - Pete L

One of the French pioneers of biodynamic viticulture—this tiny, artisanal Domaine was the first in Châteauneuf to convert to biodynamics some 30 years ago. Since this time (and especially since 1996 when the Armenier sisters took full control), Domaine de Marcoux has been on a steady path to becoming one of the true greats of the region. Despite this, it remains small, only producing between two to four thousand cases for the world (roughly half the production of DRC and a tenth of Beaucastel to put things in perspective). So, for many, Marcoux remains a hidden treasure.

While prime focus is given to the vineyards, in the cellar Sophie Estevenin’s subtle hand must also take some credit: natural fermentation; gentle extractions; concrete fermentation; and the absence of any new oak all play a vital role in quality and balance. Sophie’s son Vincent Estevenin officially joined the Domaine in 2015 and is intent on increasing his vineyard’s biodiversity, planting many trees on the property and working the soil less to encourage grass and plants to grow between the rows. A seasonal flock of sheep help with the mowing, and young vines of Muscardin, Counoise and Vaccarèse (varieties that mature at a slower degree) are being introduced. “He has brought a breath of fresh air to the domaine” says his mother, while noting that she also feels reinvigorated by her son’s involvement.

In a region renowned for ‘funk’, Marcoux firmly subscribe to the fruit-equals-terroir school of thought. They love wines of purity, clarity, perfume, seduction and balance—a manifesto that can be tasted across the Domaine’s wines. - Importer Note

Product Type Wine Red Grenache & Friends
Volume 750ml
Country France
Region Southern Rhone
Sub Region Chateauneuf du Pape
Winemaking Practices Minimal Intervention
Vineyard Practices Organic/Biodynamic