Domaine de Mourchon, Loubié, Côtes du Rhône Villages
(at Decanter Magazine's August 2018 issue Rosé beyond Provence Panel Tasting, 10 May 2018)
Drinking Window: 2018 - 2020
Domaine de Mourchon is nestled in the heart of the Rhône Valley, not far from the medieval village of Séguret. Founded in 1998 by Walter McKinlay, who was joined by winemaker Sébastien Magnouac in 2000, today the winery encompasses 35ha and produces 150,000 bottles a year. Terroir is an important factor at Domaine de Mourchon, being categorised into three differing types: Sausse (early ripening), Loubié (average ripening) and Mourchon (late). This Loubié rosé is from vines planted on a mix of clay, limestone and grey sandstone at an altitude of 320m, and it’s a 60/40 blend of Grenache and Syrah. Elizabeth Gabay MW: Fresh, honeyed ripe fruits on the nose which follow onto the palate, along with sun-ripened red fruits, cherries, peaches and freshly picked raspberries with beautifully balanced acidity. Andy Howard MW: Nice depth and richness on the palate with bright red/black berry fruits and good acidity to balance. There are extra layers of flavour here too. It’s well made and has enough concentration to last. Joanna Simon: Ripe strawberry aromas and strawberry fruit on the palate, which is full and smooth with attractive spice and a hint of honey, ending on a leafy, vibrant freshness.