Château Maucoil Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition Blanc 2015 ~ Southern Rhône, France
This is great……and here’s why!Wine Enthusiast Rater
91/100 - Wine Enthusiast (2014 Vintage)
16/20 - Bettane et Desseauve (2014 Vintage)
17/20 - Gault & Millau (2013 Vintage)
Winemaker - "Lovely light gold hue with green tints. This wine is clean and bright. Rich and very fine on the nose with connotations of pear and citrus. This wine is elegant and dense with good persistency and lovely minerality. The vines for our white wine are planted in the Urgonian soil, a limestone terrain suited to their production. The yield is around 25 hl/ha and harvesting is carried out by hand, with the grapes being sorted before vinification."
Grenache blanc (90%) Bourboulenc (8%) Clairette (2%)
The history of Château Maucoil began several centuries ago. Ancient documents state that its first occupants were Romans who set up a base for Caesar’s legions. Later, Joseph de La Pise, Lord of Maucoil and archivist of the House of Orange-Nassau, the Dutch royal family, inherited the estate and the castle which was built in 1624. From then on, winegrowing became an intrinsic part of the history of Château Maucoil.
The 45 hectares of vines in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation have been organic agriculture since 2011. Château Maucoil uses ancient methods such as furrowing, forming mounds and ploughing to tend the vineyard.
Originally from Bordeaux, the Lavau family who now own Château Maucoil, have been involved with winemaking for generations, and have had vineyards ranging from Bordeaux to Tunisia. In 1964 they were seduced by the richness and quality of the Provencal soil and settled down to make wine in the Rhone Valley.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a historic village between the towns of Orange and Avignon, in France's southern Rhône Valley. It is famous for powerful, full-bodied red wines made predominantly from the classic southern Rhône grape trio: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. These three varieties are behind the vast majority of the appellation's red wines, although a total of eighteen are approved for use – a mix of red and white grape varieties.