Wine adventurers, please take note, as these wines are unlike anything you’ve ever tried. Marcillac is located in the western part of Auvergne, nestled in the mountain range known as the Massif Central. Like many of France’s vineyards, those of Marcillac were planted by monks beginning in the 10th century. Centuries later, it was the bourgeoisie from the nearby city of Rodez who took interest in and expanded the vineyards. Unfortunately, the region experienced the devastation of phylloxera at the end of the 19th century and the economic problems of the early 20th century led to the great abandonment of the vineyards and an overall depopulation of the region. Many moved to Paris to find work in restaurants and over time they opened their own bistros and began to bring the wines of Marcillac to the big city.
Enter into the equation Domaine du Cros, owned and operated by Philippe Teulier, and now considered one of the top estates in the region. Du Cros was part of the rebuilding and resurgence of Marcillac, and they own some of the oldest vines in the region. Oh yeah, the vines, the grape…….what the hell is Marcillac? Well, Marcillac is obviously the region and Fer Servadou is the grape. Confused? I understand, but stay with me here guys. Fer Servadou is a relatively prolific grape throughout Southwestern France that wine expert Jancis Robinson describes as “full-bodied with dark ruby colors and concentrated fruit flavors of rhubarb, cassis and smoky herbs.” The name Fer is French for iron and refers to the very hard and “iron like” wood of the vine’s above ground canopy. It also just so happens that there is a lot of iron in the soil in Marcillac. On to the wines, as Domaine du Cros makes two.
|Domaine du Cros Marcillac|
|Du Cros Marcillac Vieilles Vignes consumed my McDuff|