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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Côtes du Marmandais SUA SPONTE
Varietals: 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 70% Semillon Color: Liquorous
50% of botrytised Semillon
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