Maucoil Côtes du Rhône Village Rouge 2013 (Organic) ~ Côtes du Rhône, France
Organic & biodynamic
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, it’s best consumed over the coming couple of years."
Gault & Millau "Amazing wine with wild scents, captivating red fruits and peony, violet, tinted eucalyptus that permanently mark the taste buds!"
Jancis Robinson "Flattering, macerated red fruits. Very open nose and light. Good freshness"
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."
The Winemaker "Beautiful deep color of ruby color. 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."
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 1600’s.
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.