Domaine de Marcoux
Catherine and Sofie Armenier
198 Chemin de la Gironde, 84100 Orange
Tel. +33 490 346 743
Direct sale: Yes, but best to make an appointment.
Until the late nineties Marcoux was run by Phillipe Armenier. The bio-dynamic principles
inspired by Rudolf Steiner meant very much to him. The planning of the work
in the fields and the cellars was done out from the phases of the lunar
cycle. In connexion with this the practice in the vineyards of course was
(and stil is) strictly organic. Suddenly Phillipe Armenier left the domaine
- and France. Today He lives in California. Back at the domain is since then
the two sisters Catherine and Sofie Armenier. They are perhaps not quite as
focused on stars and planets as Phillipe but bio-dynamic principles also
means a lot to them. Catherine is responsible for the vineyards and Sofie for
the vinification. They both do it with great succes.
The Armenier family has deep roots in Chateauneuf du Pape. They can date
their forefathers back to 1344.
17.5 ha of Chateauneuf du Pape 0,85 ha of them with white varieties. The average age is about 50 years.
5.5 ha are 60-110-years-old. Half of these old vines are used for Vieilles Vignes. The rest goes to the classic cuvée.
principles can be described by quoting Sofie Armenier: “We
interfere with the vinification as little as possible. We don’t do any pigeage
to get colour, because we just don’t want to get in the way of the fruit.”
From 2 ha in Orange is made Cotes du Rhone and furthermore a Lirac from 8 ha of
The vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape and Orange have been certified agriculture
biologique since 1991. Those of Lirac since 2010
Chateauneuf du Pape
2012: 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah
and 3% Cinsault.
A part of the cuvée is aged in barrels of 350 l.
Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes
100% Grenache. Mixed planting with some Mourvedre and other varieties.
Aged for 18 months in wooden tank. Only made in good vintages and never
exceeding 4.000 bottles
du Pape Blanc
2012: 65% Roussanne and 35% Bourboulenc.
2012: 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.
Lirac La Lorentine
2012: 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah og 25% Mourvedre.
VDF Raisin de Loup
Grenache, Syrah and Caladoc from the most southern part of Chateauneuf
du Pape near the Rhone.