The average age of the vines that supply fruit for this wine is already impressive (50+ years old) and that number is significantly boosted this year by the addition of Marcoux's 100+ year old vines in Charbonnières, les Esquierons and les Gallimardes (entirely declassified from the Vieille...
The average age of the vines that supply fruit for this wine is already impressive (50+ years old) and that number is significantly boosted this year by the addition of Marcoux's 100+ year old vines in Charbonnières, les Esquierons and les Gallimardes (entirely declassified from the Vieilles Vignes cuvée). The other important point to note here is that in spite of the paucity of Grenache, the 2013 retains the classic Marcoux 'recipe'; 80% Grenache, with 10% Mourvèdre, 7% Syrah and a dash of Cinsault. This was maintained by declassifying the Vieilles Vignes cuvee.
Naturally fermented and raised without any new oak, this is 2013 Châteauneuf at its best, nimbly balancing its perfumed, textural palate with crunchy freshness and vibrant minerality. Highly seductive already with roasted blackberry, Szechuan pepper, ink and truffle hints as well as some pretty floral notes. There's good depth and some very fine tannins but it is so damn delicious now it is hard to see why you would wait (then again, we said the same about the 2004!).
REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
"A wine that performed better from barrel than bottle, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape is still an outstanding effort. Made from tiny yields and a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah and 3% Cinsault, it exhibits classy black cherry, damp underbrush, truffle and hints of herbs in a medium-bodied, fresh and seamless profile. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years."
90 Points Wine Advocate
Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf Du Pape Rouge 2011
"The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape is 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah and 3% Cinsault aged in both cement tank (two-thirds) and truncated oak vats. A strong effort, it offers attractive notes of strawberries, black cherries, raspberries, licorice, lavender and spice box. This medium to full-bodied, rich, heady (15%+ alcohol) 2011 is one of the most successful wines of the vintage. It should drink nicely for 10-12 years."
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #203
Marcoux Chateauneuf Du Pape Rouge 2010
"One of the classic family-owned domaines in Chateauneuf du Pape (of which there are many), Domaine de Marcoux is run by two dynamic sisters, Sophie and Catherine Armenier. The estate, which can trace its history back to 1344, has only been estate bottling since 1978. It owns over 40 acres, all of which have been biodynamically farmed since the early 1990s as this was one of the first properties to move to this strict style of farming. Both cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape were made in 2011, and in a year that saw a relatively large crop, yields were reduced at Marcoux, averaging 22 liters per hectare. They had to do a Draconian-like triage on the grapes during the harvest. The 2010s are very successful at Domaine de Marcoux."
93 Points Wine Advocate
"Opaque ruby. Sexy red berry liqueur, incense and Asian spice aromas are complicated by a smoky nuance and a hint of zesty minerality. Shows very good intensity on the palate, which displays sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that take on weight and spiciness with air. Silky and precise, with outstanding finishing clarity and length."
93 Points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 13