Domaine Les Grands Bois, Cuvée Marc, Rasteau 2014


Beautifully crafted, juicy red Rasteau with a powerful punch and spicy finish, this is a fantastically well-made wine from a great appellation in the Rhône with a lot of praise and admiration from top wine critics and journalists.

"Consistently one of my favourite estates in the Southern Rhône, Les Grands Bois produces Côtes-du-Rhônes that consistently over-perform their appellation and modest prices."  - Robert Parker


Our Tasting Notes

Steady colour with tints of purple, an intense nose with ripe red fuit notes including berries, raspberries wild strawberries and a hint of pepper. A soft attack, good strength, mellow tannins which allow fruity and spicy notes to develop. Long and fleshy on the palate. Best with game and grilled red meats.

Wine Data

Grape variety: Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
Appellation: Rasteau
Alcohol: 14.5%


The domaine was established in 1929 by Albert Farjon. Mireille Besnardeau is a descendant of him. She and her husband became owners in 1994. At that time all the production was sold to negociant but from 1997 the first bottling of wine was made. The next year new cellars were established and some fields were replanted with Syrah and Mourvèdre. In 1998 was bought vineyards in Rasteau and Cairanne.


"More firm, angular and structured than the Cairanne Maximilien, the 2013 Côtes du Rhône Rasteau Cuvee Marc is 50% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and 25% Syrah that spent 11 months in demi-muids before being bottled unfiltered. Medium to full-bodied, tight, reserved, and compact with notable tannin, it gives up lots of graphite, crushed rock, peppery herbs and dark berry fruit on the nose. It’s certainly an outstanding wine, yet it needs a year or so in the cellar to let the tannin integrate. It should be at its best from 2017-2023." - Jeb Dunnock,

"Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Carignan in this organic wine from one of the Rhône Villages, and one of its top estates. Very light on its feet at first sniff, with a real Rhône lift of cracked pepper and violet, a graphite and cedar quality and good berry fruit. Really juicy on the palate, with a wonderfully mouth-filling plumpness to the fruit, a bit of chocolaty depth and rounded, plush tannins and moderate acidity. Yet it is without a doubt structured for a few years of cellaring, but the fruit and spice of the finish is delicious now. 90/100." - Tom Cannavan

"Domaine Les Grands Bois is one of my go-to southern Rhône estates and they have produced some seriously good wines. While they don’t have the concentration level of previous vintages, they’re not lightweights either, and have beautiful purity of fruit." - eRobertParker

"Really juicy on the palate, with a wonderfully mouth-filling plumpness to the fruit" - Tom Cannavan