Owners: Catherine and Sofie Armenier (Estevenin)
Address: Chemin de la Gironde, 84100 Chateauneuf du Pape.
Tel. 490 346 743
Direct sale: Yes, but best to make an appointment.
Until the late nineties Marcoux was run by Phillipe Armenier. The bio-dynamic principles inspired by Rudolf Steiner meant very much to him. The planning of the works in the fields and the cellars was done out from the phases of the lunar cycle. In connexion with this the practice in the vineyards of course was (and stil is) strictly organic. Suddenly Phillipe Armenier left the domaine - and France. He lives today in California. Back at the domain is since then the two sisters Catherine and Sofie Armenier. They are perhaps not quite as focused on stars and planets as Phillipe but bio-dynamic principles also means a lot to them. Catherine is responsible for the fields and Sofie for the vinification. They both do it with great succes.
The Armenier family has deep roots in Chateauneuf du Pape. They can date their forefathers back to 1344.
Marcoux has 17.5 ha. One of them with white varieties. The average age is about 50 years. 5.5 ha is 90 years old. Half of these old vines are used for Vieilles Vignes. The rest goes to the classic cuvée. The vinification is traditional for the appellation with maturing mostly in foudres. The principles can be described by citing Sofie Armenier: “We interfere with the vinification as little as possible. We don’t do any pigeage to get color, because we just don’t want to get in the way of the fruit.”
From only 2 ha. is made Cotes du Rhone and furthermore a Lirac, from vineyards in this appellation, made in cooperation with Louis Canto at Domaine de la Ronciere.