The Raisin de Loup is Marcoux’s acutely priced, bistro-style Rhône drawn from two small plots of land in the southern reaches of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where the region’s vignerons have historically kept their small acreage of ‘Vin de Table’ vines. Each year, Marcoux release less than 300 cases of this wine.
Vinified, using natural yeasts, in cement and stainless steel, it is a blend of Grenache and Syrah, complemented by a dollop of Carignan and Caladoc (an obscure crossing of Grenache and Malbec created by Paul Truel in 1958 at Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique). It’s actually a blend of two consecutive vintages, which is at least one reason why you won’t see a vintage on the label. Sophie Armenier explains that with this cuvée, first and foremost, she wants to craft a delicious everyday red, and an array of vintages helps in this regard. And besides, she says, in her experience, it always tastes better and more complete this way. Et voilà! This current release is a blend of 2016 and 2017 fruit, two handy years, and delivers plenty of gluggability, if that’s a word. Expect some upfront flesh and then loads of sappy, red jube fruitiness with something earthy and a pinch of tannins to close. Any other questions can be dealt with by the pointy end of your wine knife!