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. For sale at Vinadea

The Armenier family has been present in Chateauneuf du Pape for centuries. 
The name is mentioned in documents from 1344 as the first known
written registry of landowners in possession of vineyards that formed the basis for the bishopric (Avignon) charging of land taxes. 
A few
curiosities listed on the domain's website:
In 1681 an ancestor excused Guiilaume Armenier reelection as first consul in Chateauneuf du Pape, because his personal expenses to hold the office was beyond his financiel abilities. In 1688, he let himself be re-selected. During the plague of 1721 the first victim in Chateauneuf du Pape was a forefather Bartholomee Armenier.
Until the late 1990's 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 vineyards and the cellars were 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 and works as an advisor concerning biodynamic principles in vineyards. Since Philippe left France the domaine has been run by his 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.

Marcoux covers 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.
Blending might vary depending of the vintage. The Cuvée is made from all parcels belonging to the domain.
Vinification in cement tanks and ageing is mainly done here but 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.
The grapes come from 3 lieux-dits, 2,32 ha at Charbonnières, planted in 1900, 1,13 ha at Les Esqueirons planted in 1900 and in 1949 and from Les Gallimardes planted in 1934 and in 1959. Aged in wooden tank for 18 months.
Only made in good vintages and never exceeding 4.000 bottles

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
2012: 65% Roussanne and 35% Bourboulenc.
Roussanne is from 0,5 ha at Les Esqueirons planted in 1987 and Bourboulenc from 0,35 ha at Les Bosquets planted in 1982. Fermentation and maturing in steel tak.

Cotes du Rhone
2012: 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

Lirac La Lorentine
2012: 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre.

VDF Raisin de Loup
Grenache, Syrah and Caladoc from the most southern part of Chateauneuf du Pape near the Rhone, outside any appellation.

Catherine and Sofie Armenier at Les Printemps 2015

Photo. Sarment Wine

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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