Jean-Pierre Margan and his wife Martine began producing wine at her parents’ ancestral estate, Chateau de la Canorgue, in the craggy Provençal hills around Bonnieux in 1978. Over the following 20 years, they painstakingly renovated the house and created an inspirational modern winery making red, white and rosé wines that have drawn international acclaim. They now farm 35 hectares organically and the wines are classified under the sizeable, and variable, Rhône satellite appellation of Côtes du Luberon. The Margans are widely recognized as being amongst the best of the appellation and one of Provence’s most pioneering estates. Jean-Pierre and Martine’s daughter, Nathalie, has now joined the family business who is an enthusiastic ambassador for the domaine.
Grenache and old vine Carignan are found in Chateau la Canorgue Red. This unfiltered beauty sings of Provence. The sweet-scented nose is packed with summer fruits, on the palate, soft and ripe strawberry and cherry abounds, followed by a touch of pepper, anise, leather just a hint of the wild herbs (thyme, rosemary) that grow abundantly around the vineyards.
Provence might be famous for pink, but this sumptuous organic red makes a decent argument for making more red here. A finely honed combination of Syrah with Grenache Noir and Carignan, its nose is flamboyantly fruity with spices and herbs while the palate is equally pleasing with its easy-going tannins and black pepper-flecked black fruit. Great value. The Wine Gang – thewinegang.com