Château Maucoil Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2013 ~ Southern Rhône, France
This is great……and here’s why!93/100 - Wine Enthusiast
90/100 - Wine Spectator
1 Star - Le Guide Hachette des Vins
Gold - Concours General Agricole Paris
Joe Czerwinski - "A strong effort, this wine boasts blueberry and blackberry fruit framed by hints of baking spices and mocha. It's full-bodied but supple, with a long, plush finish. Drink now–2025"
Robert Parker - "The wine offers up classic notes of garrigue, caramelized cherries, black raspberries and licorice. It’s a fruit-forward, easy-drinking and textured beauty that does well in the vintage. The 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape checks in as a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre and 10% Cinsault that was raised all in one- and two-year-old barrels."
Chateau Maucoil Tradition is produced from 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and a variety of other assorted grape varieties. The wine is aged in a combination of foudres and used oak barrels for 12 months. It shows bright berry fruit, subtle savoury spice, ripe tannins and vibrant acidity.
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.
Southern Rhone Red Blend refers to a wide range of grape varieties often blended together to make wines in the southern reaches of the Rhone Valley in the south of France. While the blend could theoretically consist of any of a wide range of grape varieties, it is usually made up of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, in varying proportions, typically with Grenache and Syrah as the dominant partners.