The Armenier family have owned land in Chateauneuf-du-Pape since at least 1344, and today Sophie and Vincent Armenier are still very much devoted to caring for the Domaine de Marcoux vineyards and making the exceptional wines the estate is famous for. Working biodynamicaly now for over three decades, vines with an average age of 50 years and strict selection in both the vineyard and sorting table it is little wonder these wines are at the pinnacle of the appellation.
Domaine de Marcoux Lirac ‘La Lorentine’ 2021
The cooler feel of the 2021 vintage has resulted in this absolutely stellar wine. The nose is fine and beautifully scented with hints of frozen raspberries and a gorgeous top note of wild mint. There is just such a wonderful freshness and finesse to the aroma and a lovely herbal edge to the bouquet. This is a nose that is precise and beautiful; it is a nose that just makes you smile.
Oh my, tasting this wine is like biting into a fresh raspberry. Subtle herbal elements of wild thyme and sage come through, but the ripe raspberry and fresh red cherry fruit is just wonderful. The mouthfeel is light and the wine dances on the palate yet the texture is smooth, with tannins that are like powder, melting as they scatter on the tongue. This has glorious freshness and is just so drinkable yet has plenty of concentration to keep going for a long time yet. This is an utterly delicious Lirac from Marcoux. Drink 2023 to 2031.