Château Maucoil is a wine estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, to the northeast of the appellation.
The first occupants in the area were the Romans who set up a camp for Caesar’s legion in Orange. The site was chosen due to the natural spring at Château Maucoil and the proximity of the Via Agrippa.
Much later, the archivist of the Orange Nassau family (the Dutch royal family), Joseph de la Pise, who had been made ”Seigneur de Maucoil”, inherited Château Maucoil, built in 1624.
Here, wine growing dates back to the 17th century and we still own land from that time.
Château Maucoil’s vineyards are made up of:
24 hectares of A.O.C. Châteauneuf-du-Pape red
3 hectares of A.O.C Châteuneuf du Pape white
18 hectares of A.O.C. Côtes du Rhône Villages red
The vineyards extend over various terroirs, typical of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, pebbles, Urgonian limestone and sand.
Château Maucoil possesses very old vines, some of which are over 100 years old. It is one of the few estates to have preserved all of Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘s 13 grape varieties.
Officially certified organic by Ecocert from the 2014 vintage
Côtes du Rhône Villages 2014
Location: Its proximity to the Châteauneuf du Pape vineyards and the similarity of its soil (a mixture of sand and pebbles), as well as the old vines from which it hails, gives this Côtes du Rhône Villages great concentration and loads of character.
Terroir: Harvesting is carried out by hand and the grapes are transported in 15kg perforated crates. The grapes are sorted berry by berry before going into vat.
Grape varieties: Grenache (50%) Syrah (25%) Carignan (25%)
Production: By grape variety and by parcel. After a fermentation period of around 25 days with pumping over, rack-andreturn, and punching down operations, the wines are drawn off and then aged in vats until bottling.
Tasting notes: Strong ruby red hue. Aromatic and rich with black fruit on the nose (blackberry and plum) Good concentration, broad and solid with lovely length on the palate.
Serving and food pairings: 16-17°C, serve directly, ideally with grills or cow’s cheeses.
Location: Château Maucoil’s vineyards are located in the northwest of the Châteauneuf du Pape area, on the left bank of the River Rhône, and grow in the appellation’s three soil types: pebbles, Urgonian and sand.
Terroir: The vines for the white wine are planted in the Urgonian soil, a limestone terrain suited to their production. The yield is around 25 hl/ha and harvesting is carried out by hand, with the grapes being sorted individualy before vinification.
Grape varieties: Grenache blanc (70%) Bourboulenc (15%) Clairette (15%)
Production: After a 4-hour cold skin maceration and pressing, alcoholic fermentation is maintained at 18°C. Malolactic fermentation is prevented in order to preserve the wine’s freshness and acidity. All of the wine goes into barrels, on its lees, for 6 months, with a regular stirring up of the lees.
Tasting notes: Lovely light gold hue with green tints. This wine is expressive with honeyed notes and aromas of yellow fruit and white flowers. On the palate, the wine displays a fresh frame, an exceptional velvety texture and superb length with aromas of dried fruit and nuts.
Serving and food pairings: This wine pairs well with rich cuisine, selfish or poultry in a sauce or a stew. When mature, it will make a fabulous match for strong cheeses. Serve between 10 and 12°C