Château Maucoil, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition Rouge AOC, 2017, Rhône, France


A distinctive, iconic, and impressive Châteauneuf-du-Pape, rich and concentrated yet with lovely balance and great elegance. Fruit, earth, spice, tannin, layers of complexity and finesse. A truly wonderful red powerhouse.

Château Maucoil (pronounced “moh-kwahl”) in Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a longer history than most estates we represent. It served as a base for Roman legions who were attracted by the spring that runs through the property and by the proximity of the Via Agrippa; it was the home of Joseph de la Pise, archivist to the Dutch royal family; and from the 17th century onwards it was owned by a succession of wine growing families. The Arnaud family, purchased the estate in 1995.

Bénédicte, the Arnauds’ youngest daughter, and her husband, Charles Bonnet, took up the torch in 2009, with a strong desire to secure the future of the estate and to manage it in an environmentally responsible manner. They began the process of converting to organic viticulture in 2011, becoming fully certified in 2014.

2017 was a fantastic year for Châteauneuf-du-Pape as this wine will improve with cellaring for up to another 10 or so years. However, it is accessible younger.

Producer: Château Maucoil 

Country: France

Region: Rhône

Grapes: Grenache 60%, Shiraz 15%, Mourvedre 15%

Alcohol: 15.0%

Vintage: 2017

Status: Vegan, Organic