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Domaine de Marcoux Côtes du Rhône '17

Rhône Valley

Domaine de Marcoux Côtes du Rhône '17

Domaine de Marcoux is one of our favorite wineries from the Southern Rhône, although I believe we're not the only ones that have garnered so much respect and admiration over the past several years for them. The now biodynamically farmed winery has gradually become one of the best in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and of the Southern Rhône valley.

The winery is run by the Armenier sisters, Catherine and Sophie. The sisters run a modest winery, that neither confines to being modern or traditional. They set off to simply make great wine, and seemingly of great value. They have classically long roots tied to the region, through many generations, and have become part of a newer generation paving the way for more conscientious farming methods in the Southern Rhône.

This Grenache-dominant cuvée comes from from two sites just north of the boundary of Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Maucoil and Bois Lauzon. There are small and varying percentages of Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Syrah added each vintage. We never turn our noses up to the lower-designation that is Côtes-du-Rhône, as often times they are simply more youthful versions of their long-lived Châteauneuf-du-Pape siblings, and this sentiment rings true with Marcoux.

Each cuvée begins with hand-harvested grapes that are destemmed and crushed once harvested. They are allowed a short pre-fermentation maceration of a few days. Fermentation and maceration lasts between 2-3 weeks with daily delestage for a gentler extraction. Specifically for the Côtes-du-Rhône bottling, after pressing the wine, it is aged in concrete for 10 months. These are wonderfully elegant and balanced wines that showcase the potential for Grenache to be viewed as the Pinot Noir of the Mediterranean.

The wine showcases ripe black cherry and bright blue fruit, along with classic garrigue qualities that are herbal and spiced, and unmistakable to the region. Although powerful in flavor, the wine is quite elegant on the palate. Extremely well balanced, extremely delicious. Perfect for the nights you continue to bust out that grill, before summer is over! This would be great with pizza, too.




Producer Domaine de Marcoux
Vintage 2017
Format 750ml


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