Domaine de Couron Marselan
This family-run estate lies in the tiny hamlet of Saint Marcel d’Ardeche. Vestiges of a Roman outpost have been found throughout the vineyards, as wine has been grown here since antiquity. Parcels are terraced at Couron, with one higher in elevation than the next. Balance and great finesse are the hallmarks at Domain de Couron. Jean-Luc carries the mantle, a descendant of nine generations of wine growers. Using sustainable farming techniques, Jean-Luc and Marie-Lise Dorthe craft, with loving hands, wines on land once cultivated by the Romans.
Domaine de Couron
Grower:Marie-Lise and Jean-Luc Dorthe
Grape Varieties:Marselan is a new grape variety from France, the result of a 1961 cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache (only 1400 cases made).
Village:Saint Marcel d’Ardeche, 45 miles northwest of Avignon. The area rich with ancient ruins, including vestiges of Roman settlements. The Roman coin on the label is one of many found in the vineyard.
Soil:Grown on .72 acres terraced, at 190 meters, large granite stones covering limestone. Only 1,000 cases made per vintage.
Vinification:Three passes in the vineyard, for hand selection for the healthiest grapes. Marselan is de-stemmed entirely, an additional hand selection in the cellar to ferment only mature and healthy grapes. Fermentation at 55 °F for duration of 14 days, in concrete to transmit the essence of the grape and soil.
“The Couron Marselan offers up quality aromas and flavors of black currants, wild herbs, loamy earth, tobacco leaf and background meatiness to go with a medium-bodied, nicely balanced profile on the palate. It is quite good and well worth the price of admission."