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Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2016  - First Bottle


99 Jeb Dunnuck -
Bottled end of March (like the traditional cuvée), the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes comes from just two terroirs -- Charbonnière and Esquierons -- since they no longer use grapes from Galimardes, as it was recently replanted due to disease. The wine was completely destemmed and brought up all in concrete tanks. This rocking effort is still a baby in terms of evolution but still gives up a huge bouquet of kirsch, strawberries Asian spices, candle wax, white flowers, and graphite. Deep, rich, and powerful, yet with the hallmark elegance of the estate, it has fine tannin, an awesome mid-palate, incredible purity and a huge finish. It's another great, great vintage for this cuvée that readers shouldn't miss.
98 Vinous -
Vivid ruby-red. Powerful raspberry liqueur, cherry pie, incense, potpourri and spicecake aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up a vibrant mineral nuance with aeration. Sweet and seamless in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated but shockingly lithe raspberry, cherry liqueur, five-spice powder and lavender pastille flavors given lift and spine by a jolt of juicy acidity. Blends richness and delicacy with a deft hand and finishes wonderfully long and precise, with pliant tannins adding shape and gentle grip. Is this the wine of the vintage? It's definitely on the (very) short list.
96 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
All Grenache, mostly from sandy soils and aged only in concrete, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a compelling wine. It offers the essence of ripe Grenache in its notes of ripe plums, purple raspberries and stone fruit, then layers on savory-spicy-meaty complexity. Full-bodied, rich, velvety and slightly warm on the finish (it reached at least 16% alcohol), it should provide thrilling drinking over the next decade.
95 Decanter -
Fermented and aged in concrete for 18 months, this has lovely strawberry Grenache fruit on the nose, with a hint of cherry blossom. Sweet strawberry and raspberry on the palate teams up with bright acidity that helps to counter the sweet fruits. It's full but not heavy, with remarkable energy, and ample tannins which give texture, length and support to the ebullient fruits. A long finish. Certified organic.

Technical Details

  • BlendRhone Blend
  • WinemakerSophie Estevenin
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone
  • AppellationChateauneuf-du-Pape
  • VineyardCharbonniere and Esquierons
  • Farming MethodCertified Organic
  • Aging/Cooperage18 months in concrete
  • Alcohol16%

Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2016

Red Blends  |  France
JD99, VN98, WA96, DC95

Certified Organic
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An absolute score from Marcoux on this old-vine CDP. Full of power, prominent red berry fruit, outstanding clarity and precision. A glass you won't be able to set down. Highly recommend letting this open up for 45 minutes before enjoying. Only 3 cases available!

About the Producer

Step back in time and join the historic journey of winemaking with the Armenier sisters at Domaine de Marcoux! With a rich heritage dating back to the 1300s, the Armenier family has been creating unforgettable wines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape for centuries. Today, Catherine Armenier and Sophie Estevenin continue this legacy, producing wines that have earned them a place in the annals of wine history. In 1990, they made history again by becoming the first vineyard in Chateauneuf-du-Pape to implement biodynamic farming practices. Their youngest vines are 40 to 60 years old, and they take a hands-off approach to their harvested grapes, allowing the natural flavors to shine. As critic Stephen Tanzer said, "this domaine is the essence of Chateauneuf-du-Pape." In 2003, Robert Parker recognized the sisters' hard work and talent, naming them on his list of "Wine Personalities of the Year." He wrote, "Over the last 12 years, the biodynamically farmed vineyard has risen to the top of Chateauneuf-du-Pape's quality hierarchy. The two red wines produced are stunning, with the regular cuvée of Chateauneuf-du-Pape being one of the finest in the region and the limited production Cuvée Vieilles Vignes being one of the world's truly magnificent wines." So raise a glass and celebrate the Armenier sisters and their incredible wines at Domaine de Marcoux!