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Lot Description: Châteauneuf-du-Pape Marcoux (Domaine de) Sophie & Catherine Armenier 2009
Quantity: 1 Bottle
Label: 1 very slightly marked label
Origin: Private individual
Type of price: -
Type of cellar: Air-conditioned underground cellar
Recoverable VAT: No
Original Wooden Case: No
The original wooden case will be shipped only if requested by the customer when placing the order. It will be subject to extra delivery fees. For lots with a value exceeding €1,000 (excluding transport but including buyer’s premium) the OWC will be automatically sent without any additional charge.
In this male-dominated appellation, one estate is run by two sisters, Catherine and Sophie Armenier, who come from a very old local family whose roots can be traced back to 1344. They inherited the estate when their brother left for the States to pursue his career in 1995. The latter was initially in charge of the current estate, and pioneered biodynamics in the area (beginning in 1991). Sophie joined him in 1990, with Catherine following in 1995. Sophie oversees the cellar while Catherine spends most of her time working the vines. Following Philippe's departure, the vineyard was cut down to 13 hectares and was gradually restored in its entirety (21 hectares) via a series of additional purchases, with over 16 hectares given over to Châteauneuf reds.
The Marcoux estate's classic cuvée is made from a blend from 13 different plots located in various different parts of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, with an average vine age of 50 years. This diversity of soil types lends the wines an incredible sense of balance and a complexity that progresses over the years.
Harvests here are quite staggered and maturity levels can vary considerably from one section to the next. Harvesting is carried out manually, with grapes sorted as they are removed from the vine.
Once in the cellar, the grapes are destemmed, crushed and cooled prior to the pre-fermentation maceration stage. During alcoholic fermentation, temperatures are monitored and daily pumping over is carried out. Maceration lasts between 15 days and 3 weeks.
This wine is characterised by its elegance and delicate texture. In its younger stages, it can be served with roasted guinea fowl with sauce, a tender leg (or rack) of lamb, or a porcini mushroom pasta dish. In its older stages, it goes perfectly with tasty meats and sauces, or feathered game.*The above information describes the wine and is not vintage specific.
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Original wooden case
The original wooden case will be shipped only if requested by the customer when placing the order. It will be subject to extra delivery fees. For lots with a value exceeding 1,000 (excluding transport but including buyers premium) the OWC will be automatically sent without any additional charge.
The "bio" designation covers certified wines produced by biodynamic or organic methods, sustainably produced wines, and "environmentally friendly" wines that are not officially certified. See the blog article for more information.
The "biodynamic" designation covers all estates certified for using biodynamic methods or in the process of converting to biodynamics. They are accredited by one of the two official bodies, Demeter or Biodyvin. All wines produced by biodynamic methods are also certified as organic.
The "organic" designation covers all estates certified for using organic methods or in the process of converting to organic agriculture. They are accredited by one of the bodies approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, such as Ecocert.
The "sustainable" designation covers all estates certified for using sustainable or High Environmental Value (level 3 Environmental Certification) techniques.
The "environmentally friendly" designation refers to estates practising environmentally friendly wine-growing techniques, but that have not opted for certification. These estates may have adopted biodynamic principles (non-certified) or simply no longer use chemical products.
All designations apply to recent vintages.