VINEYARDS AND TERROIR
L’Esprit de Maucoil Is the result of a high-end selection and is only produced in exceptional years. This wine comes from the Domaine’s oldest vines (70 years on average), planted with Châteauneuf du Pape’s 13 grape varieties with a yield of around 15 hl/ha. Harvesting is carried out by hand with the bunches placed in 15 kg crates. The grapes are then individually sorted before going into vat.
The 13 Châteauneuf du Pape grape varieties : Grenache (50%) Syrah (15%) Mourvèdre (12%), Cinsault (8%) Clairette and Bourboulenc (5%), Vaccarèse, Muscardin, etc.
The grapes varieties and vinified together. After a fermentation period of around 30 days, with pumping over, rack-and-return and punching down operations, the wines go into either 228L or 600L barrels (new or previously used for one vintage), according to the plots, to be aged for a period of 12-18 months, depending on the vintage. The wines are then aged for several years in bottle before being released for sale. The cuvée “Esprit” is the result of a selection of the best barrels and only produced in outstanding years
Strong colour with garnet nuances. Deep on the nose,infused with Kirsch-like and jammy strawberry notes, highlighted by fine toasted notes accentuating its complexity. On the palate, aromas of black fruit and garrigue scrubland are elegantly underpinned by polished tannins and remarkable freshness. This is a wine with a great deal of breadth, an elegant, rich smoothness, and good development potential which will come out over time.
SERVING AND FOOD PAIRINGS
L’Esprit de Maucoil can be laid down for around 15 years, depending on the vintage. It should be brought out on special occasions and is perfect for connoisseurs who will appreciate it in all its splendour. It is best decanted and served between 17-18°C at a festive or celebration meal.