Meet The Winemakers

Sisters Sophie and Catherine Armenier have elevated Marcoux to the very highest ranks. Today, Sophie diligently runs the winery, while her son Vincent Estevenin looks after the vineyards. Now, there are 27 hectares split into over 20 parcels: 18 hectares lie right in the heart of the prime Châteauneuf-du-Pape terroir of La Crau plateau, the remainder rest in Lirac and the other Côtes du Rhône villages. Certified as organic by Ecocert as early as 1991, this year marks four decades of rigorous organic and then biodynamic principles.

The domaine makes three main wines: a Lirac, their main Châteauneuf-du-Pape and an exceptional Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes – the top cuvée from this organically certified domaine. It’s made from two parcels of outstanding, old-vine Grenache: Charbonnières, planted in ’00, and Esqueirons, planted in ’49.

The domaine’s approach to employing long macerations during fermentation complements the succulent characteristics of ’20 extremely well, resulting in mineral-fresh wines with silky tannins.

Marcoux are a wonderful producer and a firm favourite of ours at P&S. They always craft some of the best wines in the appellation and in 2021, with up to 1.5 degrees less in alcohol, they’re particularly fine and elegant, almost reminiscent of vintages from another era.

The 2021 vintage has really played to their strengths as a biodynamic producer with their intensive work in the vineyard gloriously paying off, resulting in wines with even more purity and focus than normal.

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