Chateau Maucoil Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Maucoil Chateauneuf du Pape with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Maucoil History, Overview

While Chateau Maucoil only has a short history as a vineyard, the estate has a long history in the Southern Rhone Valley that dates back to the Ancient Romans who used the property as an army fortress. Vines were planted in what we know of as Chateau Maucoil during the mid 1600’s.

However, the modern era for Chateau Maucoil begins in 1995 when the property was purchased by the Arnaud family. The Arnaud family were well-known in Chateauneuf du Pape as they already owned Chateau Cabrieres.

Today, Chateau Maucoil is managed by Benedicte and Charles Bonnet. In 2013, Chateau Maucoil was purchased by the Lavau company, a negociant firm located in Violes, France.

Chateau Maucoil Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Chateau Maucoil has 36.5 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape. 34 hectares are used for the production of red wine grapes. 2.5 hectares are planted for white wine grape varieties.

Chateau Maucoil also owns 17 hectares in Cotes du Rhone and 3 hectares of vines classified as IGP. In 2014, Chateau Maucoil was certified as being 100% biodynamic. Their vineyards are located in various areas of Chateauneuf du Pape which gives them a terroir that ranges from sand, to rocks, stones, limestone to clay soils, depending on the specific lieu-dit.

Chateau Maucoil produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 2 white Chateauneuf du Pape wines.

Chateau Maucoil Tradition is produced from 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and various assorted grape varieties. The terroir is sand, limestone, rock and stone soils. The wine is aged in a combination of demi-muids and used oak barrels for 12 months. The production is close to 8,500 cases of wine per year.

Chateau Maucoil Privilege is produced from 40% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 8% Cinsault and various percentages of Vaccarese, Counoise, Muscardin, Picpoul, Picardan, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne and Terret Noir.

The terroir is sand, limestone, rock and stone soils. The grapes are destemmed and co fermented. The wine is aged for 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels and used oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. The production is close to 800 case per year.

Chateau Maucoil L’Esprit de Maucoil comes from the estates oldest vines and is a blend of 75% old vine Grenache and up to 13 different grape varieties. The terroir is sand, limestone, rock and stone soils. Yields are low with this wine. They can be close to 10 hectoliters per hectare.

The wine is only made in the best vintages. The wine is aged in 30% new, French oak casks and used, French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. When it’s produced, close to 350 cases are made.

Chateau Maucoil Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is produced from a blend of 30% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette, 30% Bourboulenc and 10% Roussanne.

Chateau Maucoil Tresor des Papes Blanc is produced from a blend of 30% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette, 30% Bourboulenc and 10% Roussanne from vines that are between 45-50 years of age.

When to Drink Chateau Maucoil, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Maucoil can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for about 1 hour or a bit longer. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Maucoil is usually better with 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 3-15 years after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Maucoil with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Chateau Maucoil is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Maucoil is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, grilled meats, barbecue and cassoulet. Chateau Maucoil is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, cheese pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

The white wine of Chateau Maucoil is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

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Château Maucoil Wine Tasting Notes

30 Vintages 53,349 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2021
91
Earthy red berries, flowers, smoke, and licorice show in the nose. On the palate, the wine is forward, fresh, and fruity with a supple, sweet, kirsch oriented finish. The wine was produced using a Grenache dominate blend that includes Syrah, Mourvedre, and several other assorted red, and white grape varieties. Drink from 2024-2030.

Earthy red berries, flowers, smoke, and licorice show in the nose. On the palate, the wine is forward, fresh, and fruity with a supple, sweet, kirsch oriented finish. The wine was produced using a Grenache dominate blend that includes Syrah, Mourvedre, and several other assorted red, and white grape varieties. Drink from 2024-2030.

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2021
90
Cherries, herbs, flowers, and thyme on the nose, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, elegant, and fruity with a strawberry edge to the soft-textured, finish. Drink from 2024-2029.

Cherries, herbs, flowers, and thyme on the nose, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, elegant, and fruity with a strawberry edge to the soft-textured, finish. Drink from 2024-2029.

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2020
92
Spice, flowers, licorice, garrigue and kirsch show with ease here. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, round and fresh, with a refinement to the tannins and a delicacy to the finish. This is going to be great to open on release. The wine was produced using a Grenache dominated blend with Syrah, Mourvedre and various other allowable grape varieties. Drink from 2022-2032.

Spice, flowers, licorice, garrigue and kirsch show with ease here. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, round and fresh, with a refinement to the tannins and a delicacy to the finish. This is going to be great to open on release. The wine was produced using a Grenache dominated blend with Syrah, Mourvedre and various other allowable grape varieties. Drink from 2022-2032.

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2020
92
I really like the strong floral notes that accompany the sweet, ripe, soft and silky, kirsch and black cherry nuances. The supple, fruity finish, with the right hint of spice and a touch of chocolate on the backend is ready to go on release. The wine was produced using a Grenache dominate blend that includes Syrah, Mourvedre and several other assorted red and white grape varieties. Drink from 2022-2032.

I really like the strong floral notes that accompany the sweet, ripe, soft and silky, kirsch and black cherry nuances. The supple, fruity finish, with the right hint of spice and a touch of chocolate on the backend is ready to go on release. The wine was produced using a Grenache dominate blend that includes Syrah, Mourvedre and several other assorted red and white grape varieties. Drink from 2022-2032.

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2020
90
Sweet, soft, supple-textured kirsch on the nose and palate is already a treat to taste with its freshness and creamy finish, Drink from 2022-2029.

Sweet, soft, supple-textured kirsch on the nose and palate is already a treat to taste with its freshness and creamy finish, Drink from 2022-2029.

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2019
94
Deep, dark meaty berries pop with a single swirl. From there, the wine is floral, fresh and peppery. On the palate you find lusciously textured black and white cherries, kirsch and black raspberries. The wine is soft and silky, with a solid depth of flavor and length in the finish. There is a minor touch of oak in the endnote which should become fully integrated with a few years in the cellar. There is more than enough fruit to take over all of the wood. The wine was produced using a Grenache dominate blend that includes Syrah, Mourvedre along with other assorted, allowable red and white grape varieties. Drink from 2024 - 2036

Deep, dark meaty berries pop with a single swirl. From there, the wine is floral, fresh and peppery. On the palate you find lusciously textured black and white cherries, kirsch and black raspberries. The wine is soft and silky, with a solid depth of flavor and length in the finish. There is a minor touch of oak in the endnote which should become fully integrated with a few years in the cellar. There is more than enough fruit to take over all of the wood. The wine was produced using a Grenache dominate blend that includes Syrah, Mourvedre along with other assorted, allowable red and white grape varieties. Drink from 2024 - 2036

1,418 Views   Tasted
2019
93
Quite floral in nature, you find loads of ripe, sweet, spicy fruit here with good depth of favor, energy, length and character. The wine was produced using a Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend that includes various other allowable grape varieties. Drink from 2023 - 2036

Quite floral in nature, you find loads of ripe, sweet, spicy fruit here with good depth of favor, energy, length and character. The wine was produced using a Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend that includes various other allowable grape varieties. Drink from 2023 - 2036

1,306 Views   Tasted
2019
92
Meaty and peppery, the fruits show a dark tint on the nose and palate. The wine has a solid depth of flavor, richness and tannins that will take a few years to resolve. I like the power and energy here as well as the length and sauvage quality in the finish. The wine usually blends 60% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. Drink from 2023 - 2035

Meaty and peppery, the fruits show a dark tint on the nose and palate. The wine has a solid depth of flavor, richness and tannins that will take a few years to resolve. I like the power and energy here as well as the length and sauvage quality in the finish. The wine usually blends 60% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. Drink from 2023 - 2035

1,747 Views   Tasted
2019
90
Ready to go on release, the wine is juicy fresh, sweet and floral, with a hint of peach that comes along with all the ripe citrus in the finish. Drink from 2022 - 2028

Ready to go on release, the wine is juicy fresh, sweet and floral, with a hint of peach that comes along with all the ripe citrus in the finish. Drink from 2022 - 2028

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2018
93
Ripe, dark, spicy, sweet, lush, round and fruity, with layers of deep, fleshy cherries, black raspberries and pepper. Round, plush, lively and long, this is going to age quite nicely. Give it a few years in the cellar for the oak to better integrate. The wine was produced using a Grenache dominate blend that includes Syrah, Mourvedre and several other assorted red and white grape varieties.

Ripe, dark, spicy, sweet, lush, round and fruity, with layers of deep, fleshy cherries, black raspberries and pepper. Round, plush, lively and long, this is going to age quite nicely. Give it a few years in the cellar for the oak to better integrate. The wine was produced using a Grenache dominate blend that includes Syrah, Mourvedre and several other assorted red and white grape varieties.

1,303 Views   Tasted
2018
89
Olives, thyme, garrigue and spice come along with the with sweet and sour cherries. Medium-bodied with a distinctive olive edge to the fruits on the palate, the wine finishes with a sharp, peppery edge with a tinge of chocolate in the finale.

Olives, thyme, garrigue and spice come along with the with sweet and sour cherries. Medium-bodied with a distinctive olive edge to the fruits on the palate, the wine finishes with a sharp, peppery edge with a tinge of chocolate in the finale.

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2017
95
Dark, spicy, red fruits, licorice and smoke come alive in the nose On the palate the wine is lush, sweet, juicy, deep, fresh and lively, with soft tannins and a blast of black, peppery cherries in the finish. The wine was produced using a Grenache dominate blend that includes Syrah, Mourvedre and several other assorted red and white grape varieties.

Dark, spicy, red fruits, licorice and smoke come alive in the nose On the palate the wine is lush, sweet, juicy, deep, fresh and lively, with soft tannins and a blast of black, peppery cherries in the finish. The wine was produced using a Grenache dominate blend that includes Syrah, Mourvedre and several other assorted red and white grape varieties.

2,742 Views   Tasted
2017
92
Spicy dark cherries and herbs with lush, soft, round textures and a long, ripe core of sweet, cherries and earth come through easily with the wines round, forward, juicy, peppery style, The wine was produced using a Grenache dominated blend with Syrah, Mourvedre and various other allowable grape varieties.

Spicy dark cherries and herbs with lush, soft, round textures and a long, ripe core of sweet, cherries and earth come through easily with the wines round, forward, juicy, peppery style, The wine was produced using a Grenache dominated blend with Syrah, Mourvedre and various other allowable grape varieties.

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2017
90
Round, supple and juicy, with a soft, peppery, kirsch, cherry and plum filled finish. I like the spicy, pepper end note that accompanies the black raspberries and kirsch. The wine was blended with 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault.

Round, supple and juicy, with a soft, peppery, kirsch, cherry and plum filled finish. I like the spicy, pepper end note that accompanies the black raspberries and kirsch. The wine was blended with 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault.

1,901 Views   Tasted
2016
96
Peppery black raspberries, flowers and kirsch rise to the surface in the nose. On the palate, the wine is polished, softy textured with silky tannins and layers of sweet,, ripe, fresh, juicy, ripe dark, red fruits. The white wine grapes in the blend add the perfect, exotic, lush note. The wine was produced using a Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre blend with several other assorted grape varieties.

Peppery black raspberries, flowers and kirsch rise to the surface in the nose. On the palate, the wine is polished, softy textured with silky tannins and layers of sweet,, ripe, fresh, juicy, ripe dark, red fruits. The white wine grapes in the blend add the perfect, exotic, lush note. The wine was produced using a Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre blend with several other assorted grape varieties.

2,291 Views   Tasted
2016
93
Rich, peppery and fresh, there is a minerality that adds to the complexity, along with olives, garrigue, plum and cherry notes. The wine is full, round and forward, with lots of spicy, sweet fruit in the finish. The wine was produced using a Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend that includes various other allowable grape varieties.

Rich, peppery and fresh, there is a minerality that adds to the complexity, along with olives, garrigue, plum and cherry notes. The wine is full, round and forward, with lots of spicy, sweet fruit in the finish. The wine was produced using a Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend that includes various other allowable grape varieties.

1,340 Views   Tasted
2016
92
There is a sweetness in the cherries in the nose, which moves you to a plush textured, full bodied, supple styled wine with layers of ripe, red berries and spice in the finish. The wine was blended with 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault.

There is a sweetness in the cherries in the nose, which moves you to a plush textured, full bodied, supple styled wine with layers of ripe, red berries and spice in the finish. The wine was blended with 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault.

3,033 Views   Tasted
2015
92
Lush, polished, elegant, fresh red fruits, smoke and incense, with a shot of pepper for good measure create the nose. Once there, the wine is full bodied, round and fresh, with a fleshy, spicy, kirsch filled finish.

Lush, polished, elegant, fresh red fruits, smoke and incense, with a shot of pepper for good measure create the nose. Once there, the wine is full bodied, round and fresh, with a fleshy, spicy, kirsch filled finish.

1,430 Views   Tasted
2015
92
Floral notes bring a lot to the cherry and kirsch on the front end. Lush, sweet, fresh and loaded with juicy, vibrant, red fruits. The finish has sticking power. The inclusion of white wine grape varieties add aromatic complexities and more roundness to the finish.

Floral notes bring a lot to the cherry and kirsch on the front end. Lush, sweet, fresh and loaded with juicy, vibrant, red fruits. The finish has sticking power. The inclusion of white wine grape varieties add aromatic complexities and more roundness to the finish.

2,299 Views   Tasted
2015
91
Medium bodied, spicy, red berries, kirsch and herbs pop right up. Fresh and lively, with a kick from all the juicy, peppery kirsch which is there to round out the finish.

Medium bodied, spicy, red berries, kirsch and herbs pop right up. Fresh and lively, with a kick from all the juicy, peppery kirsch which is there to round out the finish.

2,614 Views   Tasted
2014
90
Perhaps it was the addition of the white wine grape varieties that gave the wine more depth and body in this difficult year. Soft, smooth and delicious, the finish is packed with sweet, blackberries, kirsch and black pepper. This could use a year or two in the bottle while will make it even better and more fun to drink.

Perhaps it was the addition of the white wine grape varieties that gave the wine more depth and body in this difficult year. Soft, smooth and delicious, the finish is packed with sweet, blackberries, kirsch and black pepper. This could use a year or two in the bottle while will make it even better and more fun to drink.

1,990 Views   Tasted
2014
89
Medium bodied, early drinking, forward, crowd pleaser with fresh, lively, crisp, spicy red fruits and an energetic, peppery, finish.

Medium bodied, early drinking, forward, crowd pleaser with fresh, lively, crisp, spicy red fruits and an energetic, peppery, finish.

1,463 Views   Tasted
2013
90
All the new oak has faded into the wine allowing the fresh, spicy, kirsch notes and round textures to shine through. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre and 8% Cinsault.

All the new oak has faded into the wine allowing the fresh, spicy, kirsch notes and round textures to shine through. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre and 8% Cinsault.

1,460 Views   Tasted
2013
90
Blending red and white grape varietals gives the wine an exotic quality to the nose and texture that helps to showcase the spicy, fresh fruit charm. Produced from a blend of 50% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre and 8% Cinsault.

Blending red and white grape varietals gives the wine an exotic quality to the nose and texture that helps to showcase the spicy, fresh fruit charm. Produced from a blend of 50% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre and 8% Cinsault.

2,820 Views   Tasted
2013
88
Open, medium bodied, forward, easy to like, taste and enjoy, due to its accessible red fruit character.

Open, medium bodied, forward, easy to like, taste and enjoy, due to its accessible red fruit character.

2,918 Views   Tasted
2012
91
Silky, fleshy, sweet and long, there is a nice quality to the melange of kirsch and dark red berries in the wine.

Silky, fleshy, sweet and long, there is a nice quality to the melange of kirsch and dark red berries in the wine.

1,645 Views   Tasted
2012
90
A round blast of ripe, spicy black cherry and spice come out of this blend of Blending 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault, the wine reached 14.5% ABV.

A round blast of ripe, spicy black cherry and spice come out of this blend of Blending 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault, the wine reached 14.5% ABV.

2,777 Views   Tasted
2011
90
Light in color, soft in texture, ripe in fruit and forward in its cherry and red plum character, the wine was produced from a blend of 50% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 8% Cinsault and the remainder coming from assorted varietals, the wine reached 15% ABV.

Light in color, soft in texture, ripe in fruit and forward in its cherry and red plum character, the wine was produced from a blend of 50% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 8% Cinsault and the remainder coming from assorted varietals, the wine reached 15% ABV.

2,010 Views   Tasted
2010
90
A nice character driven wine, that sells for a fair price, with lots of fresh, ripe, peppery, black raspberries, kirsch and garrigue that is already tasty.

A nice character driven wine, that sells for a fair price, with lots of fresh, ripe, peppery, black raspberries, kirsch and garrigue that is already tasty.

2,987 Views   Tasted
2009
87
On the lighter side, with soft, round textures , the fruit is bright, with a lean to the red cherry and wild strawberry side of the style range. I'd look to drinking this on the young side.

On the lighter side, with soft, round textures , the fruit is bright, with a lean to the red cherry and wild strawberry side of the style range. I'd look to drinking this on the young side.

2,596 Views   Tasted