Domaine de Marcoux
Catherine and Sofie Armenier (Estevenin)
Chemin de la Gironde, 84100 Chateauneuf du Pape.
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 works
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. He lives today 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 fields 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. One of them with white varieties. The average age is about 50 years.
5.5 ha is 90 years old. Half of these old vines are used for Vieilles Vignes. The rest goes to the classic cuvée. The vinification is
traditional for the appellation with maturing mostly in foudres. The
principles can be described by citing Sofie Armenier: “We
interfere with the vinification as little as possible. We don’t do any pigeage
to get color, because we just don’t want to get in the way of the fruit.”
From only 2 ha. is made Cotes du Rhone and furthermore a Lirac from 8 ha of
Chateauneuf du Pape
80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah and small shares of other varieties.
Chateauneuf du Pape Ephemere
90% Grenache and 10% Syrah. From a parcel purchased in 2002.
Aged partly in steel tank and partly in barrels.
Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes
From 90-years-old vines. Nearly 100% Grenache. (3.500 bt.)
du Pape Blanc
65% Roussanne and 35% Bourboulenc.
du Pape Blanc Arcane
100% Roussanne fermented and aged in one-year-old barriques.
Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.
The vineyards of Lirac has been certified agriculture biologique since
Vin de Table Raisin de Loup
Grenache and Syrah in Vin du Pays area and some declassified Chateauneuf