Chateau Maucoil Côtes du Rhône Village Red 2019 - Rhone, France
91/100 James Suckling
92/100 James Suckling (2016 Vintage)
90/100 Wine Enthusiast (2016 Vintage)
Organic & biodynamic
James Suckling "A red with dried-meat, light bacon and ripe-plum character. It’s medium-to-full-bodied with creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. From organically grown grapes."
Wine Enthusiast "This blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah offer elegant restraint alongside pristine black-cherry and berry exuberance. Fruity and forward, it's shaded by nuances of thyme and wild mint. Fresh acidity and firm tannins lend structure. Enjoy this approachable yet elegant wine now through 2023." (2016 Vintage)
Robert Parker "Another spice-filled effort ... it has a kiss of green in its leafy herbs, mint, incense and sweet red fruits. Moderately concentrated, medium-bodied and easy drinking." (2015 Vintage)
Gault & Millau "Amazing wine with wild scents, captivating red fruits and peony, violet, tinted eucalyptus that permanently mark the taste buds!" (2015 Vintage)
Jancis Robinson "Flattering, macerated red fruits. Very open nose and light. Good freshness" (2015 Vintage)
Wine Spectator "Juicy, with raspberry coulis and plum skin notes lined with hints of anise and toasted vanilla. Offers an open, easy finish. Drink now. 5,500 cases made." (2015 Vintage)
The Winemaker "Beautiful deep colour of ruby colour. This wine is clean, bright. Aromatic nose, rich ripe fruit (blackberry and plum). Good concentration, wide and strong end of a long and beautiful evolution." (2015 Vintage)
This wine is Grenache (51%), Syrah (15%), Carignan ( 23%) and Mourvèdre (11%).
While Chateau Maucoil only has a short history as a vineyard, the estate has a long history in the Rhone Valley that dates back to the Ancient Romans who used the property as an army fortress. Vines were planted in what we now know as Chateau Maucoil during the mid 1600s.
In 2014, Chateau Maucoil was certified as being 100% biodynamic. The Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation was introduced in 1966 and now applies to 16 in the southern Rhone Valley. Wines made under the appellation must meet higher standards than those of the plain Cotes de Rhone title and are from areas that show potential to produce distinctive wine of a high standard.