Domaine De Marcoux Vin De France Raisin De Loup NV
Marcoux’s sharply priced, bistro-style Rhône is drawn from two small plots of land in the southern reaches of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, an area where local vignerons have long kept their small acreage of Vin de Table vines. Each year, Marcoux release less than 300 cases of this wine. For those wondering, the name Raisin de Loup translates roughly as grapes of the wolf, the local patois for the black nightshade that grows around the vines here.
Vinified using natural yeasts in cement and steel tank, this is a blend of Grenache and Syrah, complemented by a dollop of Carignan and Caladoc (an obscure crossing of Grenache and Malbec). Previously a blend of two consecutive vintages, the current bottling hails entirely from the 2019 harvest. Sophie Armenier explains that with this cuvée she wants to craft, first and foremost, a delicious, everyday red. On this and many other levels ‘the wolf’ delivers. Expect a fresh and eminently gluggable wine that delivers waves of earthy plum, grenadine and dried fruit notes. There are some lovely, powdery tannins and a cool, sappy edge to the close, keeping everything fresh and vibrant. A bargain.