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Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Marcoux 96-98vm Premier 2015

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96-98 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous: “(fermented in concrete vats and then aged in concrete and neutral oak barrels) Lurid ruby. A heady, expressive bouquet evokes fresh raspberry, cherry compote, potpourri, licorice and Asian spices, while a bright mineral flourish builds in the glass. Sweet, palate-staining red fruit liqueur, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors show outstanding depth as well as vivacity thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Plays power off finesse with a deft hand and finishes incredibly long, sappy and pure; velvety tannins emerge very slowly. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this monumental wine turn out to be the star of the 2015 vintage in the Rhône Valley, south as well as north.” 3/17 94-96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “Offering more violets, blueberries, black raspberries, crushed flowers and licorice, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated and has a seamless, elegant, multi-dimensional texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. Reminding me of the 2006 with its sweet tannin, it needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will keep nicely over the following two decades. There’s few wines I’d rather have in the cellar and this 2015 looks to be another blockbuster.” 10/16 #227

Region: France » Rhône

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Variety: Rhone
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96-98 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous: “(fermented in concrete vats and then aged in concrete and neutral oak barrels) Lurid ruby. A heady, expressive bouquet evokes fresh raspberry, cherry compote, potpourri, licorice and Asian spices, while a bright mineral flourish builds in the glass. Sweet, palate-staining red fruit liqueur, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors show outstanding depth as well as vivacity thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Plays power off finesse with a deft hand and finishes incredibly long, sappy and pure; velvety tannins emerge very slowly. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this monumental wine turn out to be the star of the 2015 vintage in the Rhône Valley, south as well as north.” 3/17 94-96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “Offering more violets, blueberries, black raspberries, crushed flowers and licorice, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated and has a seamless, elegant, multi-dimensional texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. Reminding me of the 2006 with its sweet tannin, it needs 2-3 years of cellaring and will keep nicely over the following two decades. There’s few wines I’d rather have in the cellar and this 2015 looks to be another blockbuster.” 10/16 #227

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