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DOMAINE DE MARCOUX, ex LA LORENTINE

LVT  2018  r  This 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, son Vincent, her sister Catherine Armenier chemin de la Gironde 84100 Orange

Tel: +33(0)490 34 67 43

http://www.domainedemarcoux.fr

contact@domaine-marcoux.fr

British Importers: Berry Brothers London www.bbr.com has been H2Vin Ltd 22 Melton Road Whissendine Rutland LE15 7EU +441737 355 765 www.h2vin.co.uk info@h2vin.co.uk

USA Importers: European Cellars, Eric Solomon, 2129 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204, +1704 358 1565, www.europeancellars.com