It was in 1912 that Eugene Maret bought Domaine de la Charbonniere as a gift for his wife who was a native of Chateauneuf and the daughter of a winemaker. Their son Fernand Maret inherited a part of the Domaine and enlarged it upon the birth of his son Michel. Today Michel Maret and his two daughters have over 16 hectares of vineyards located in the high plateaux of Les Brusquieres and La Crau both covered with the famous cailloux roulets and at Mourre des Perdix, sandy soil dotted with larger stones. All wines are vinified and aged by Veronique; even if her father is around during the vinification season.
The passion and know-how of the winemaker, handpicking of the fruit, and careful sorting at the winery enable Michel Maret to optimize all the promise of a great terrior. The vinification at the Domaine follows the classic style: no destemming, and three weeks fermentation in stainless steel vats, after which the wine is aged in large oak fourdes for 12-18 months.
Indicative blend: Predominantly Grenache with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault
Farming Pactices: Organic.
Harvest Technique: Hand harvested.
Soils: Today Michel Maret had over 16 hectares of vineyards located in the high plateaux of Les Brusquieres and La Crau both covered with the famous cailloux roulets and at Mourre des Perdix, sandy soil dotted with larger stones.
Avg Age of Vines: +40 years
WS 94 Wine Spectator. Features the dense, dark, ripe profile of the vintage, with a core of steeped currant, fig and boysenberry fruit, supported by a dense structure, notes of dark earth, tobacco and bitter cocoa, and a long finish that ripples with latent energy. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2023 through 2037.
WE 94 Wine Enthusiast. Fresh violet, blackcherry and bramble notes perfume this supple, concentrated blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. It’s opulent but freshly composed rather than dense and brooding. Tannins are ripe but persistent and should meld beautifully through 2030.
JS 93 James Suckling. This has impeccable richness and ripeness, packed with dark berries and delivered in a seamless, dynamic palate. Long and delicious Châteauneuf here. Drink or hold.
JD 92 Jeb Dunnuck. Tasted out of bottle, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a beautiful wine from this team that exudes elegance. Black raspberries, garrigue, flowers, and incense notes all give way to a medium to full-bodied, silky, beautifully balanced red that has sweet tannin and a great finish. This classic cuvée is 70% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, mostly destemmed and aged in barrel and stainless steel.
RP 91 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. The recently bottled (three weeks before my visit) 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was surprisingly open. It features delightfully ripe Grenache fruit that hints at stone fruit and milk chocolate, ample weight on the plate and a supple, easygoing personality. It should drink well for the next decade.