Domaine de Marcoux
“Over the last 12 years, the 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, The Wine Advocate
“Fans of their wines will be thrilled to know that after a brief hiatus the Vieilles Vignes bottling will return with the 2015 vintage. Unsurprisingly, the VV is a knockout, in fact, it’s one of the best wines of the vintage.”
Josh Raynolds, vinous.com
2015 Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape
The blend is roughly 85% Grenache, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah 3% Cinsault.
Naturally fermented and raised without any new oak. For those new to this wine, Marcoux's Châteauneuf is drawn from 13 parcels of vines, biodynamically farmed and dotted across the appellation. These parcels encompass a wide range of soil types, from the sandy soils of Charbonnières, to the red clay and galets in L'Arnesque and Les Bousquets, to the limestone and white clay in Les Esqueirons and Beau Renard, and finally the red clay and gravels of Les Galimardes, Les Serres and Les Plagnes in the south. This means Marcoux are able to produce a wine that truly reflects the Châteauneuf terroir as a whole. It also allows the Domaine to craft balanced wines year in, year out, as each parcel is vinified separately prior to the blending (and any parcels that do not fit the bill are usually sold to the négoce). The 2015 was raised in a blend of 80% concrete vat and 20% tronconique cuves for 18 months and bottled unfiltered. Domaine de Marcoux
“Ruby-red. Energetic, mineral-accented aromas of ripe red and dark berries, complicated by suggestions of incense and pungent flowers. Broad and fleshy on entry, then more taut in the midpalate, offering pliant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a suggestion of five-spice powder. Finishes very long and sweet, featuring slow-building tannins, a touch of smokiness and repeating red fruit character. This wine is shaping up to be an outstanding "basic" Châteauneuf.”
92-94 points, Josh Raynolds, vinous.com
2015 Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes
Each plot is vinified separately and all of the fruit is treated in the same minimalistic fashion as the classique above. Thus, what you taste, over and above the classique, simply reflects the fruit of these ancient vines and their terroirs. There was no oak used throughout the élevage; the wines are naturally fermented and raised – for 18 months – in concrete alone before being bottled unfiltered.
VERY LIMITED. 97% old vine Grenache and 3% old vine Mourvèdre. Simply, one of the most limited and sought-after wines of Châteauneuf. There was no Vieilles Vignes cuvée made in 2013 or 2014. This is a Grenache masterpiece. The fruit comes from three 'crown-jewel' parcels of exceptionally old vines in Charbonnières and les Esqueirons. Charbonnières - on the northern side of the Crau plateau – lays on mostly on sandy soils with Molassic sandstone, and was planted in 1900. The vines are nearly all Grenache with a few vines of Mourvèdre. The plot in Esqueirons lies behind the ruins of the famous château on the western side of the hill; here the Grenache vines (and some Roussanne) are rooted in limestone and white clay, with some planted in 1900 and the rest in 1949.