Domaine de Mourchon, CdRV-Seguret, Grande Reserve 2018

Appellation: Côtes du Rhône Villages Seguret

Region: Southern Rhone

Country: France

Color: Red

Varietal(s): 65% Grenache, 35% Syrah

About The Producer

Scotsman Walter McKinlay purchased 40+ acres in Séguret in the Southern Rhone Valley, and today, his Domaine is a leading estate whose wines define the region. Set in a secluded valley between the picturesque village of Séguret and Mont Ventoux, Domaine de Mourchon was created by the McKinlay family in 1998 and is now under the direction of Kate McKinley. The vineyard had some twenty hectares of mature vines but no facility to make wine, so they constructed a state-of-the-art modern facility completed in 2000. The terraced hillside vineyard sits at an average altitude of 350m. The soils of clay and grey limestone, combined with a microclimate, gives the location a terroir of unique quality. The Domaine specializes in producing well-structured wines with pronounced fruit aromas and saturated colors.

Terroir & Vineyard Practices:

The soil is a mixture of clay, limestone, and grey sandstone on steep slopes. The vines average 60 years old. Yields are a scant 20 hl/ha. Domaine de Mourchon's application of sustainable viticulture means a commitment to the use of natural and organic methods wherever practical and the use of chemicals as a last resort – 'culture raisonée' as it is known in France.

Tasting Notes

The color is a deep purple. The nose expresses spices, licorice, and delightful red candied fruits. The mouth is concentrated, round, and rich with harmonious tannins. Enjoy with meats in sauce, game, creamy cheeses, or chocolate desserts with red fruits.


The grapes are put into large stainless steel vats, separated by grape variety and land parcels, and fermented individually. The fermented juice is then aged in 40% in large oak barrels and the remainder in concrete vats. Concrete vats "breathe," unlike the inert environment of the stainless steel tanks in which the wine is fermented. This slow, controlled interaction with the atmosphere allows the tannins within the wine to begin to "round out" and soften. The final blend (the assemblage) is made after an 18-month to 2-year period of maturation; it is bottled at the Domaine.


  • 90 points - Wine Advocate: “Impressively dark in the glass, there's no doubting the ambition of the 2018 Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Grande Reserve. Scents of clove, leather, vanilla and cola emerge on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is intense and tannic, with a long, but dusty, finish. Give it a couple of years to round into shape. Drink 2022-2030.” – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate