Chateau Maucoil Côtes du Rhône Village Blanc 2019 - Rhone, France
90/100 Wine Spectator (2018 Vintage)
90/100 James Suckling (2018 Vintage)
James Suckling 'Cooked-apple and white-peach aromas follow through to a medium body, fresh acidity and a round finish. From organically grown grapes. A blend of 50 per cent grenache blanc and 50 per cent clairette.' (2018 Vintage)
Wine Spectator 'Delicious white peach, lemon curd, star fruit and honeysuckle notes glide through atop racy acidity, ending with lingering freshness. A kiss of brioche at the end adds a flattering hint. Grenache blanc and clairette.' (2018 Vintage)
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 White Blend is a term used to describe the various combinations of white wine grapes used in the southern half of the Rhone Valley. The wines themselves are not confined to the Rhone production zone and have been interpreted and replicated with varying degrees of success in the United States, Australia, Spain, North Africa and South America.
The principal varieties involved in a white wine from the southern Rhone are any combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picpoul.