Domaine Les Grands Bois, Marc Besnardeau

France, Rhône, Cairanne

 
 

Organic


Marc Besnardeau is from Paris originally and before he met Mireille Farjon, he was a sommelier at one of the better restaurants in Paris (in the Montmartre section). In marrying her he not only moved, but also made the complete change from the city life to the life of a vigneron. His fine palate as a sommelier, however, put him in good stead for evaluating wine and making his own. He knew, for example, that when he bought wines, to look for those with low yields and concentration and sought out examples that were bottled unfiltered. He now has the opportunity to put these views into practice. The domaine that Marc Besnardeau has taken over is very well situated between St. Cecile and Cairanne. From these vines he produces several cuvées. All of his wines are deeply colored, ripe, robust and while one can think of many flavors to describe them, the word delicious pretty much says it all.

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Organic
Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé 60% Grenache, 40% Carignan 15-60 years Chalky clay Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône Viognier Viognier 12 years Chalky clay, garrigue Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône "Les Trois Soeurs" 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5% Carignan 30-60 years Chalky clay Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône "Philippine" 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah 12-60 years Chalky clay, garrigue Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône "Gabrielle" 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah 12-60 years Chalky clay, garrigue Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône "Maximilien" 50% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah 12-50 years Chalky clay Organic
Rasteau "Cuvée Marc" 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Mourvèdre 15 years Chalky clay Organic