2008 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the finest white Chateauneuf du Papes the sisters have yet made is the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc (only 200 cases produced). A blend of 80% Roussanne and 20% Bourboulenc, it offers lovely floral, honeysuckle, and rose petal aromas intermixed with notions of pears, white peaches, and quince. The expressive aromatics are followed by an intense, full-bodied wine displaying terrific acidity and minerality. A striking dry white wine, it should drink well for 2-4 years or longer.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
($65; 80% roussanne and 20% bourboulenc Light, bright yellow. Pungent aromas of orange zest, pear and lees, with a hint of smoky minerality. Plump, honeyed orchard fruit flavors are braced by zesty minerals and pack a solid punch, showing good spicy cut on the back half. Blends richness and vivacity with a deft hand and finishes with very good clarity and stony persistence.
Ripe, with Cavaillon melon, peach and yellow apple notes that flow through the creamy, lightly buttered finish, where a nice hint of star fruit checks in. A flattering style. Drink now. (Web-2009)