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