Elian Daros

Historically, the region around Marmande has been more famous for tomatoes than for wine. Elian Da Ros might change all that. After working for five years with Domaine Zind-Humbrecht in Alsace, he returned to Cocumont in 1998, constructed a simple winery and took the daring step of being the first winemaker to produce and bottle his own wine under the Cotes-du-Marmandais appellation. The wines are a tour-de-force of delicious drinkability. From Le Vin est une Fete (translates to Wine is a Party) to the single-vineyard Clos Baquey, there's a time and a place to enjoy everything that comes from this cellar.


 
 
 
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Le Vin est Une Fête

Varietals: 40% Abouriou , 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot        Color: Red

12 - 18 days vinification after carbonic maceration for Abouriou. Elevage for one year in large tank.  "Wine is a party" - quite simply named, and quite simply delicious - this is the everyday wine for any occasion. If you need a wine party - call Elian. The taste? Like Beaujolais meets the Loire made by a Burgundy lover near Bordeaux - yes, it's a mishmash, and a delicious one. 

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Côtes du Marmandais Le Vignoble d'Elian

Varietals: 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 20% Syrah                   Color: Red

18 months in barrel.

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Côtes du Marmandais Chante Coucou

Varietals: 40% Merlot, 25% Cab. Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 10% Syrah             Color: Red

Aged two years in barrel, then one year in tank before release.

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Côtes du Marmandais Clos Baquey

Varietals: Merlot, Cab. Franc, Cab. Sauvignon, Abouriou             Color: Red

Clos Baquey is the grand cuvée from Elian Daros - an undeniable statement that the southwest can make ageworthy, inspiring wines. With 2-3 years in bottle it starts so show some round edges, and in 5-6 years begins to hit its prime, drinking well for about 10 years. Elian told me he was quite proud when the 04 Clos Baquey more than held it's own at a dinner with a group of famous winemakers who had all brought older vintages of their wines. Incidentally, Baquey is the name of the lieu-dit, and the word Baquey is local dialect for cowherd.

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Côtes du Marmandais Outre Rouge

Varietals: 90% Abouriou, 10% blend Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah      Color: Red

The grapes are vinified using three different techniques - carbonic maceration, saignée, and press - then blended in tank.

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Côtes du Marmandais Abouriou

Varietal: 100% Abouriou                                    Color: Red

A "confidential" wine made 100% from the local Abouriou grape.

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Côtes du Marmandais Coucou Blanc

Varietals: 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sauvignon Gris, 30% Semillon    Color: Red

From the Southwest - a dry wine that seems halfway between a dry white from Bordeaux and the Loire.  Blue Marl and gravel soils.  Elevage one year in foudre and concrete egg tank.

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Côtes du Marmandais SUA SPONTE

Varietals: 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 70% Semillon     Color: Liquorous

50% of botrytised Semillon 

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