Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2021

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Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2021
Producer Domaine de Marcoux
Region, Country Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France
Bottle Size 750ml
Product Code 21178-750

La Revue du Vin de France has written that Marcoux whites “regularly establish themselves among the most beautiful of the appellation; cultivation has a lot to do with it”. Naturally we concur. The standard of the viticulture and the quality of the sites have a great deal to do with how often this wine delivers outstanding quality.

In terms of its individual character, the first thing to say about Marcoux’s blanc is that it’s atypically Roussanne-dominant (up to 70%), blended with Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc and Clairette. Most of the Roussanne and Bourboulenc hails from two parcels: Les Esqueirons where the cool, limestone-based soils are perfect for white grapes, and Les Bosquets, where the Bourboulenc brings citric freshness and drive to the layered Roussanne. The rest of the grapes come from parcels of Grenache Blanc and Clairette, which are co-planted in predominantly red sites. Marcoux currently farms a total of only one hectare of white grapes, although a further fifth of a hectare of Clairette is due to come online this year.

The grapes were whole-bunch pressed and fermented naturally in mostly steel tanks. An ever-increasing portion of the wine is now also being raised in low-impact Stockinger cask. As always, to further underline the wine’s purity and freshness there was no bâtonnage.

Following a series of warm seasons, Southern Rhone whites have embraced the fresh 2021 vintage with open arms.

Marcoux’s gift to the firmament is a chiselled and savoury white Rhône, which seamlessly blends glycerol richness and mineral energy with alluring flavours of white flowers and white stone fruit. The finish is filled with light. Even as a young wine, this is riveting. Sophie recommends drinking this either within two or three years of release (before the wine closes down), or waiting for at least six or seven years, when the wine will reawaken from its slumber. It will live and develop for decades.

Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2021

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