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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.
Chateau Maucoil Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
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.
Château Maucoil Wine Tasting Notes
13 Vintages 17471 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2015||Château Maucoil l'Esprit de Maucoil (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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.
929 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Château Maucoil Privilège (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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.
1072 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Château Maucoil (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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.
1001 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2014||Château Maucoil Privilège (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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.
1064 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2016
|2014||Château Maucoil (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, early drinking, forward, crowd pleaser with fresh, lively, crisp, spicy red fruits and an energetic, peppery, finish.
1207 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2016
|2013||Château Maucoil l'Esprit de Maucoil (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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.
1101 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2015
|2013||Château Maucoil Privilège (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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.
1558 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2015
|2013||Château Maucoil (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Open, medium bodied, forward, easy to like, taste and enjoy, due to its accessible red fruit character.
1937 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2015
|2012||Château Maucoil l'Esprit de Maucoil (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Silky, fleshy, sweet and long, there is a nice quality to the melange of kirsch and dark red berries in the wine.
1152 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2014
|2012||Château Maucoil (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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% alcohol.
2005 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2014
|2011||Château Maucoil Privilège (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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% alcohol.
1094 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2014
|2010||Château Maucoil (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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.
1786 Views Tasted Feb 20, 2015
|2009||Château Maucoil Privilège (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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.
1565 Views Tasted Aug 24, 2017