2005 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1110923 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Utterly profound, the dense ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (16.7% natural alcohol) is a blockbuster. Full-bodied with great intensity, superb richness, and tremendous floral, truffle, meaty, raspberry, and blackberry-scented aromas, this wine, which comes from three well-known parcels in Chateauneuf du Pape (La Crau, Gallimards, and Esquirons) exhibits high tannin and good acidity, but the massive fruit and richness from these old vines dominate the wine’s personality. Although it is tasting profound at present, shrewd buyers will give it 4-5 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following two decades. (RP)  (10/ 2007)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. Suave, room-filling aromas evoke red fruits, lavender, rose, minerals and pungent herbs. Overwhelms the palate with sweet raspberry, cherry, cassis and floral pastille flavors, picking up silky tannins with air. Gains power on the finish, which displays uncanny depth and clarity. A stunner.  (1/ 2008)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Round and lush up front, with a huge core of crushed plum and macerated currant fruit laid over dark tar and loam notes. Starts to strut its stuff on the back end, where plenty of Kenya AA coffee, tobacco and licorice root notes fill out the fleshy, racy finish. There's a great graphite underpinning. Best from 2010 through 2024.  (11/ 2009)

K&L Notes

Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "This is very, very classy. A broody nose of tar tinged black fruits, revealing a more graphite edge with aeration in the glass. Touch of sweaty-saddle adding another dimension after five minutes. The palate is medium-bodied, beautifully proportioned, concentrated but not over-bearing. Crisp, stunning delineation and bewitching poise, the long, smoky finish is to die for. Not cheap though. Tasted November 2006. Drinking 2014-2030. 96 points." (12/2007)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 16.7