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Marcillac ‘Lo Sang del Pais', Domaine du Cros 2018

Red Wine from France - SW France (excl. Bordeaux)
Domaine du Cros is the key estate in Marcillac, leading this region of the French south-west's current revival. This is light, crunchy and thirst-quenching with delightful ruby colour and flavours of raspberry and plum. Charcuterie wine par excellence.
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Code: FC36941

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Light to medium-bodied
  • Fer
  • 13% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2022
  • Cork, plastic

South-West France (ex Bordeaux)

Most of the wine regions representing the south-west of France are linked by river to Bordeaux and were once rivals of the Bordelais for trade. It was certainly not unknown for some of these wines to be brought to Bordeaux in order to stiffen the sinews of some of the thinner clarets in days gone by. However, there is more to the region than those appellations and the Vins de pays/ IGPs up-river of their erstwhile rival.

The south-west can be roughly compartmentalised in to four categories, as follows:

Bergeracois: running along both banks of the Dordogne River and including Bergerac, Monbazillac and other ACs where Bordeaux varieties proliferate, ably and interestingly supported by some local varieties.

Garonne: running along both banks of the River Garonne as far as Agen and featuring Côtes-de-Duras, Côtes-du-Marmandais, Buzet.

Haut-Pays: the area north and north-west of Toulouse including Gaillac, Cahors and the Côtes-du-Frontonnais.

Pyrenees: in the area between Adour and the Pyrenees. ...
Most of the wine regions representing the south-west of France are linked by river to Bordeaux and were once rivals of the Bordelais for trade. It was certainly not unknown for some of these wines to be brought to Bordeaux in order to stiffen the sinews of some of the thinner clarets in days gone by. However, there is more to the region than those appellations and the Vins de pays/ IGPs up-river of their erstwhile rival.

The south-west can be roughly compartmentalised in to four categories, as follows:

Bergeracois: running along both banks of the Dordogne River and including Bergerac, Monbazillac and other ACs where Bordeaux varieties proliferate, ably and interestingly supported by some local varieties.

Garonne: running along both banks of the River Garonne as far as Agen and featuring Côtes-de-Duras, Côtes-du-Marmandais, Buzet.

Haut-Pays: the area north and north-west of Toulouse including Gaillac, Cahors and the Côtes-du-Frontonnais.

Pyrenees: in the area between Adour and the Pyrenees. Here you will find Côtes de Gascogne, Madiran, Jurançon, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh and Irouléguy, the latter of which is in real Basque country in the foothills of the Pyrennes, close to the Bay of Biscay.

The influence of the Atlantic Ocean is surprisingly strong even this deep inland and it merges with continental and alpine elements across such a large area to provide moist spring weather and wet winters counterbalanced by hot summers and long, sunny autumns just as the grapes are ripening. Naturally, the area is great enough in size for the soils to be incredibly varied across it. Alluvial and marine soils, often gravel and limestone respectively, are common factors in many areas, the former often on rising terraces above rivers or ancient watercourses.

In many appellations and IGPs it has taken the dynamism of forward thinking, passionate cooperatives and visionaries to save the vineyards and indigenous grape varieties of these regions from serious neglect or even extinction. The devastation of phylloxera around the end of the 19th century was particularly bad in these areas and it was not really until the 1970s, and even later in some cases, that a turnaround in fortunes occurred. The roll call of local varieites is impressive and promising – abouriou, arrufiac, baroque, duras, fer servadou, jurançon noir, len de l’el, petit manseng, gros manseng, mauzac, négrette, tannat and peiti courbu. It is a region that should make a curious wine lover’s mouth water.
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Domaine du Cros

The story of so many wines of south-west France is intricately tied up with the history of Santiago de Compostela and this is the case with Marcillac. The origins are older of course; the Romans understood the potential of the Douro-like terraces that form the landscape here. But the town of Conques, occupying a pivotal position along the pilgrim’s route saw a blossoming in the vineyards of nearby Marcillac. And then in the XIXth century the steel town of Decazeville saw a staggering expansion of the vineyards there.

But then, fortunes changed. First phylloxera then war saw Marcillac all but destroyed. The Teulier family was one of few to own what was left of this once large vineyard.

And so under the drive and guidance of Philippe Teulier, and others, the fightback began.

It was a slow business to start as Marcillac is not easy to plant with vineyards. The terrain is challenging and at high altitude, as is the climate which is continental. Philippe is today one of the largest land holders, now working with his son, Julien. They make red and white but of course the majority is red. Only one red grape variety is planted and this is locally known as mansois, known in Madiran and Cahors as fer servadou, appropriately enough as the soils here are naturally rich in iron.

Marcillac is a mountain wine, closer in style in some ways to many reds produced in Savoie. The wines tend to be light, bursting with raspberry-like fruit and there is always a tannic presence which gives a...
The story of so many wines of south-west France is intricately tied up with the history of Santiago de Compostela and this is the case with Marcillac. The origins are older of course; the Romans understood the potential of the Douro-like terraces that form the landscape here. But the town of Conques, occupying a pivotal position along the pilgrim’s route saw a blossoming in the vineyards of nearby Marcillac. And then in the XIXth century the steel town of Decazeville saw a staggering expansion of the vineyards there.

But then, fortunes changed. First phylloxera then war saw Marcillac all but destroyed. The Teulier family was one of few to own what was left of this once large vineyard.

And so under the drive and guidance of Philippe Teulier, and others, the fightback began.

It was a slow business to start as Marcillac is not easy to plant with vineyards. The terrain is challenging and at high altitude, as is the climate which is continental. Philippe is today one of the largest land holders, now working with his son, Julien. They make red and white but of course the majority is red. Only one red grape variety is planted and this is locally known as mansois, known in Madiran and Cahors as fer servadou, appropriately enough as the soils here are naturally rich in iron.

Marcillac is a mountain wine, closer in style in some ways to many reds produced in Savoie. The wines tend to be light, bursting with raspberry-like fruit and there is always a tannic presence which gives a rustic feel to the wine.

Unquestionably, Marcillac is a great food wine and one of the partners to such staple fare as bangers and mash. Philippe and Julien Teulier farm some 30 hectares of Marcillac, or nearly 20% of the total. The main wine, colourfully called ‘Lo Sang del Pais’ sees no oak and is bottled after the winter. They also make a more ambitious cuvee of old vines which is aged oak and which we occasionally buy.
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The Daily Telegraph

Best 50 wines under£10: Marcillac is a tangy, light-bodied red grape grown in the south-westcorner of France. Its wines taste slightly bloody – of iron – and in a warmyear like 2018 they...
Best 50 wines under£10: Marcillac is a tangy, light-bodied red grape grown in the south-westcorner of France. Its wines taste slightly bloody – of iron – and in a warmyear like 2018 they are extra-juicy too. I love this with steak-frites oraligot and duck or cassoulet or roast pork – it really cuts across the fat.
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- Victoria Moore

joannasimon.com

One of south-westFrance's many jewels, Marcillac is made from the local fer servadou grape –here called Mansois – grown in iron-rich soils. The wine is medium bodied withjuicy, tangy,...
One of south-westFrance's many jewels, Marcillac is made from the local fer servadou grape –here called Mansois – grown in iron-rich soils. The wine is medium bodied withjuicy, tangy, raspberry-ish fruit and a distinctive and delicious ferrous note.The tang makes it a good wine for cutting through fatty food and for matchingacidity.
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- Joanna Simon

Platinum

Marcillac, a tiny appellation in the Aveyron department, produces red wines from the south west's fer servadou grape variety, although in Marcillac it's called mansois, To confuse things...
Marcillac, a tiny appellation in the Aveyron department, produces red wines from the south west's fer servadou grape variety, although in Marcillac it's called mansois, To confuse things further, the 'pais' in the name of this wine means country - nothing to do with the grape variety pais. It's medium bodied, soft and juicy with plum and raspberry fruit and a characteristic ferrous note. The soils are rich in iron - coincidence?
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- Joanna Simon

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