Domaine de Mourchon- www.domainedemourchon.com
Set in a secluded valley between the picturesque village of Séguret and Mont Ventoux, Domaine de Mourchon was established by the McKinlay family in 1998 with the purchase of 17 hectares of mature vines. Constructed to the highest modern standards, the new winery was completed in 2000
The terraced hillside vineyard, at an average altitude of 350m, is predominately clay and grey limestone which, combined with its microclimate, gives this location a terroir of unique quality. Careful husbandry using natural and organic techniques – ‘culture raisonée’ as it is known in France – in conjunction with combined traditional and advanced methods of vinification, results in a well-structured wine with pronounced fruit aromas and strong colours.
Domaine de Mourchon was established in 1998 with the purchase of 17 hectares of existing vines. Until that point the fruit from these vines had been vinified at the local co-operative and so it was necessary to both build a winery and create a brand at the same time. Convinced by the outstanding ‘terroir’ and the quality of the vines (average age 55 years) McKinlay commissioned the building of a state-of-the art gravity-flow winery, which was completed just in time for the 1999 harvest. Joined in 2000 by winemaker Sebastien Magnouac, Mourchon soon began to make a name for itself and in 2003 a further 7 hectares of vines were purchased in order to supply an ever-increasing demand from both the international and domestic market.
Mourchon makes an excellent range of Domaine de Mourchon wines including a rosé and four red Séguret Côtes du Rhône Villages from grapes grown on their property. This year the reds were all given 90+ ratings by Robert Parker. Mourchon also produce three negotiant wines from grapes that are grown on other properties, including a red and a white Côtes du Rhône and a Châteauneuf du Pape made from grapes from the famous Plateau de la Crau.
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“Clos de Trias is located near Le Barroux at the foot of Mt Ventoux in the Southern Rhone Valley. Clos de Trias is certified organic and farmed bio-dynamically. There is extensive use of cover crops to avoid plowing and other tractor intensive activities. The wine making process is also “light-handed” with the use of indigenous yeasts, minimal sulphur, micro-amounts of copper (100gms vs 2 Kg) and teas made from various local plants. All picking and sorting (on a dedicated table) is done by hand.
In keeping with his eco-friendly theme the wine is bottled in Verallia Ecova bottles which weigh 385 gms each, are specifically environmentally friendly and produced at the closest production facility to the domaine. Corks come from organically certified forests. Cartons are from recycled paper with minimal printing, sealed with staples rather than tape and labels are printed on recycled paper using vegetable based dyes. The wines are aged in tanks, barrels and bottle in the cave before they are offered for sale.
Even Bakke the winemaker, is guided by his own experiences and the writings of many ancient wine makers, tasting often and varying his approach to get the very best out of every vintage. Even insists in aging his wine in bottle before releasing. The current Red Label Ventoux is the 2008 vintage, the 2009 will not be available for sale until next year. This is a stark contrast with most Ventoux vintners who are currently selling their 2010 vintage.
This family run domaine has been in operation for five generations and many of the vines are over 60 years old. The domaine’s vineyards are classified as Vacqueyras (24hectares), Gigondas (20 hectares) and Cotes du Rhone (4 hectares) and produce over 130,000 bottles of wine per year.
They take a very light handed approach to their winemaking, meaning they have total respect for the environment and minimize human and chemical intervention. As a result their wines are consistently good and with unique features, the Cuvee des Clefs D’Or white Vacqueyras for instance is made primarily from Clairette, a difficult grape to manage and has more delicacy and finesse than typical whites from the region; the Grenat Noble Vacqueyras which is not produced every year is made from Grenache grapes that are harvested extremely late, resulting in a wine with fig, honey, citrus and plum aromas and flavours.
The critics have always been excited about Clos des Cazaux, the Wine Advocate rated three of their currently available wines at 90+ points and described them as a “rock solid lineup of wines”.
Please visit www.closdescazaux.fr to learn more about the winery