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.

Marcoux has 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.  The 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 this appellation.
The vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape and Orange have been certified agriculture biologique since 1991. Those of Lirac since 2010


Chateauneuf du Pape
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

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
2012: 65% Roussanne and 35% Bourboulenc.

Cotes du Rhone
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.

Catherine and Sofie Armenier at Les Printemps 2015

Note the weathercock showing astronomic symbols. (bio-dynamic tool)

These photos are from the cellar of Marcoux in 2005. If I remember it right the wooden tank contained Vieilles Vignes 2004. At least this wine was in a tank like this.
It happens that you have the opportunity to taste this extra ordinary good wine. Always one of the best wines of a vintage.

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