LVT 2018 r 2018 wh The Vieilles Vignes is one of the great Châteauneuf-du-Papes. It is wisely omitted in tricky vintages such as 2013 and 2014 or in low harvest years such as 2018 - which benefits the classic red. This is a long-standing biodynamic (the brother Philippe, now in the USA, was hot on this before it became well known) and organic domaine, run by sisters Sophie and Catherine Armenier, the latter "officially" retired on 1 January, 2019. Sophie's son Vincent, firmly committed to all things organic, and reduction of SO2 use, has been on the domaine since 2014. From 2009, a new cooling system aided quality. The white wine is improving, has a very consistent, en finesse style. The 2015 white was a marvellous, poised ****(*) wine - great to achieve elegance in that warm to hot vintage, while the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape red was ****(*) STGT wine, and the Vieilles Vignes red a lovely finesse ***** wine in 2015, and a ****** wholesome beauty in 2016.
The Lirac Domaine de Marcoux La Lorentine is was initally a joint venture between two good estates at Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Marcoux and Roncière. The vineyard was bought in 2002, and the first wine was 2003. The vineyard has been organic since 2007, officially so from 2010. There are 8 hectares by surface, with tired Grenache being replaced in 2 ha lots, with the soils left six years to regenerate. The blend has therefore changed from 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% each Mourvèdre, Carignan to 40% Syrah, 40% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache. The wine is solid, more recently on style over power to the point of being polished up. The 2016 is a classy ****(*) wine, well worth seeking out; at just over one-third of the price of the Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it's VALUE also. It was called Domaine La Lorentine until the late 2000s, then changed to Domaine de Marcoux, the wine called La Lorentine.
Sophie, her son Vincent, with her sister Catherine Armenier BP 31 84231 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cedex
Tel: +33(0)490 34 67 43
Countries exported to:1) USA 2) Germany 3) Switzerland
Percentage Exported: 70%
British Importers: Genesis Wines, 14 Denbeigh St, London SW1V 2ER, +44(0)207 963 9062; O`Neill Fine Wines, Liverpool L23 3RR, +44(0)151 924 5767, Alouette Wines Ltd, Prenton +44(0)151 608 9900 has been H2Vin Ltd 22 Melton Road Whissendine Rutland LE15 7EU +441737 355 765 www.h2vin.co.uk email@example.com
USA Importers: European Cellars, Eric Solomon, 2129 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204, +1704 358 1565 www.europeancellars.com