The Raisin de Loup comes from two plots of estate-owned vines in the southern part of Châteauneuf, both near the river. Here there are none of the emblematic alluvial stones of the region, nor limestone. It’s a small ghetto of silty, clayey soil where traditionally vignerons would farm vines for their own consumption. You won’t find any reference to vintage on the label as it’s a Vin de Table – a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault. This being Marcoux – who declassify as much a 50% of their Châteauneuf fruit – it also includes some CdP, from the limestone terroir of Les Pradel in the east of the commune. In short, it’s a light bodied, punchy red, which blends red berry fruit with hints of fresh herbs, star anise, smoke, earth and some funky notes. The finish is racy, with tangy freshness and a little clasp of tannin; the kind of wine that is ideal for slurping back with a light lunch of smoked meats and cheese and crunchy bread.