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Fine wines produced by exceptional estates, many of them family-owned.


Château Maucoil

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Privilège

Rhône :: France


The history of Château Maucoil began several centuries ago. Ancient documents state that its first occupants were Romans and that they set up a base there for Caesar’s legions.
Later, Joseph de La Pise, Lord of Maucoil and archivist of the House of Orange-Nassau, the Dutch royal family, inherited the estate and the castle which was built in 1624. From then on, winegrowing became an intrinsic part of the history of Château Maucoil.

A series of illustrious families successively took over the reins of the estate and helped to establish its reputation. Already owners of another Château, the Arnaud family, several generations of whom were born and raised in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, decided to purchase the estate in 1995. Bénédicte, the youngest daughter of the Arnaud family, took charge of the Château with her husband, Charles Bonnet, in 2009.

Grape varieties::

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Clairette and Bourboulenc.


The grape varieties are 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 228 litre or 600 litre barrels (new or previously used for one vintage), depending on the plots.                       


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 to market.


Deep ruby red.


A powerful and extremely complex nose of fine spices, fruit and black olives.


Concentrated on the pa­late, with polished tannins and exceptional length packed with spice and black fruit.

Food pairing::

Serve between 17-18°C.  This wine can be decanted one hour before serving to allow it to continue opening up in the glass over the course of the meal. Pairs nicely with prime rib, roasted lamb or venison stew.


Natural cork


96 Wine Advocate