Chateau Maucoil Chateauneuf-du-Pape Esprit 2012 ~ Southern Rhone, France
91/100 Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
91/100 Wine Enthusaist
17/20 Jancis Robinson
Wine Enthusiast "From the oldest vines of the estate, this is a lush, luscious wine. Vanilla and cedar notes complement bold cherry fruit, while hints of cinnamon, clove and allspice lend nuance."
Jancis Robinson 'Vineyard soil: galets. 12 months in barrique.... fine tannins and ripe fruit underneath. Blackberry compote notes.'
Château Maucoil has been under the care of several different illustrious wine growing families over the centuries, but it is now owned and managed by the talented winemakers Frederic and Benoit Lavau. With the consulting advice of famed French winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt, the Lavau brothers have been making stellar and highly awarded wines and today are one of the few producers to continue to cultivate all 13 permitted grape varieties permitted by the Châteauneuf-du-Pape regulations.
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.