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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

by Domaine de Marcoux 2018

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Producer : Domaine de Marcoux

Region : France (France), Southern Rhône (France)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Cured Meat, Red Meat, Veal roasted

Tasting Notes

"While there was no Vieilles Vignes bottling produced this vintage, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape stands out for its remarkable perfume of garrigue and spice, which epitomizes the complexity attainable solely from grapes in this remarkable appellation. Tendrils of dried herbs entwine raspberries and black cherries, accented by hints of Asian five-spice powder. It's medium to full-bodied and delicately dusty in feel, generous yet softly structured, with a lingering, elegant finish. Drink this beauty over the next decade or so.

While fans of this biodynamically run estate will lament the absence of a Vieilles Vignes bottling in 2018, the flip side is that the regular bottling is one of the best produced in years, superbly concentrated and complex almost beyond description."

95 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, September 2020

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 95
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Domaine de Marcoux
Region France (France), Southern Rhône (France)
Alcohol 13.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2018
Farming Method Traditional
Grapes 3% Cinsault, 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 7% Syrah / Shiraz
Food Pairing Cured Meat, Red Meat, Veal roasted
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $599.94

The Producer

Domaine de Marcoux

The Armenier family is one of the oldest in all of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Their ancestors date back to 1344. It is clear that the Armani family – the name was changed to Armenier later on – already belonged to the original inhabitants when the city was founded in the 10th century. The founders of the winery derived its name – which was not officially introduced until 1989 – from the cadester entry of the same name for their grandfather’s wine cellar in the center of the city.

The first bottling of red wine took place in 1978, and of white wine in 1982. Since 1995, the two sisters Sophie Estevenin and Catherine Armenier have been directing the Domaine de Marcoux making their first vintage in '96. They took over the winery from their brother Philippe, who left Europe without much ado and decided to found a biodynamic consulting firm for the winemakers in California’s Napa Valley. He was one of the first vintners in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to work with biological and biodynamical agriculture.

The talented team of sisters Sophie and Catherine Armenier are gracefully carrying on the heritage of the Armenier family, which has been making Châteauneuf du Pape for only 700 years!… [the Vieilles Vignes] can be one of the greatest wines made in the world (the 1998 and 2000 for example), if not the single most phenomenal wine in Châteauneuf du Pape. The regular cuvee of Marcoux is no wimpy wine either. In top vintages, it is a powerful Châteauneuf du Pape that is given the same élevage… Robert Parker, The World’s Greatest Wine Estates.

Over the last 12 years, this biodynamically farmed vineyard has risen to the top of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s quality hierarchy. The two red wines produced have been stunning, with the regular cuvée of Châteauneuf-du-Pape one of the finest in the appellation, and the limited production Cuvée Vieilles Vignes one of the world’s truly magnificent wines. – Robert Parker

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