External Reviews for Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, which comes from 90- to 100+-year-old vines and is a blend of 98% Grenache and 2% other varieties (primarily Cinsault) aged in cement, was cropped from 12 hectoliters per hectare, compared to the 2009andrsquo;s 15 hectoliters per hectare. That is essentially nothing short of financial suicide. This wine, which reminds the Armenier sisters somewhat of the 2001 vintage in its style, is very concentrated and has a dense purple color as well as a beautifully sweet nose of licorice, pepper, garrigue, blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit. This is distinctive, compelling Chateauneuf du Pape that comes from their oldest vines, located in three of the best lieux-dits in Chateauneuf du Pape andmdash; La Crau in the eastern sector, Gallimardes in the south and Esquirons in the middle. This wine has wonderfully silky tannin, but it is definitely noticeable, and I suspect 3andndash;5 years of cellaring is warranted. It should drink well for 20andndash;25 years at the minimum.
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (350 cases produced) was made from low yields of 15 hectoliters per hectare. This wine oozes black raspberry and blackberry fruits intermixed with floral, forest floor, garrigue and ground pepper notes. Exceptionally pure, textured and built like a skyscraper, this sensational effort will drink well for 20andndash;25+ years.
Opaque ruby. Intense, spice-accented aromas of candied raspberry, boysenberry, incense and fresh flowers. Stains the palate with deeply concentrated berry fruit and floral pastille flavors but carries no excess weight. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with superb clarity, energy and sweet floral persistence. This wineandrsquo;s fruit and floral expression is really breathtaking.
The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a 4,000-bottle cuvee produced largely from old vine sites in Les Gallimardes, Charbonniere, La Crau, and occasionally, Esquirons. In most vintages, this offering includes 98% Grenache, and it usually ti... Robert Parker. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2007 Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 750ml
The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is still an infant in terms of development. Composed of 98% Grenache from 100- to 110-year-old vines, and made from incredibly tiny yields, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color followed by a sweet kiss of k... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2007 Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 750ml
Still tight, with perfumed notes of violet and incense starting to unwind from the core of dark plum, boysenberry and raspberry fruit. Plenty of spice and dark licorice notes wait in reserve on the fleshy, powerful finish, where theres an undertow o... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2006 Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 750ml
Marcouxandrsquo;s stunningly rich Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is always one of the appellationandrsquo;s top ten or twelve wines. Aged almost entirely in tank, the wine carries a remarkably high alcohol in 2005 (16.7%), which is even higher than the 2003 (16.3%). The overall impression is one of incredible purity and freshness, so hereandrsquo;s where alcohol percentage numbers, and especially a high one such as this, have to be discounted. The wine has a dense ruby/purple color and a beautiful nose of flowers, sweet licorice, blackberry and raspberry liqueur as well as kirsch and black truffle. This wine comes totally from three parcels from La Crau, Gallimardes, and Esquirons, and has a tendency to age fabulously well for 15 or more years. This is a great wine for the vintage, and certainly one of the most accomplished efforts. Given the freshness, acidity, tannin, and power of the wine, it will be drinkable young but certainly last.