2000 Domaine de Marcoux "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (cracked capsule)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes carries its 15% alcohol well. Though a compelling offering, and undoubtedly one of the wines of the vintage, it does not possess that magical extra dimension of greatness found in the 2001. Nevertheless, I would be thrilled to drink it anytime ... anywhere! The floral component of white flowers intermixed with melted licorice, blackberry liqueur, plums, and prunes is followed by an expansive, sexy, silky-textured, full-bodied Chateauneuf with great depth, purity, and lusciousness. As with its younger sibling, the finish lasts for nearly a minute. Again, it is a singular expression of Chateauneuf du Pape that is totally different than its peers. Strikingly rich, dense, and opulent, with a breathtaking array of complexity and flavors, its low acidity, ripe tannin, and wealth of glycerin suggest drinking it now and over the next 15-16 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright deep red. Exotic aromas of jammy red fruits, cinnamon and smoke. Juicy, tightly wound and powerful, with brooding flavors of black fruits, minerals and mint. Quite different in style from the basic bottling, with a structural underpinning that's rare for the vintage. Finishes very long and firm, with strong flavors of dark berries and spices and somewhat austere but ripe tannins. Should prove to be long-lived in the context of the vintage. 93(+?)
Harmonious. Clean, pure and balanced, this beauty delivers plenty of ripe fruit, mineral character and graceful texture backed by sweet tannins and subtle oak. Full-bodied, it's the sort of Châteauneuf that feels elegant from start to finish. Drink now through 2015.
This is a finely structured wine, blending red and black fruits, firm tannins and rich, sweet flavors. There is certainly power, but the essence of this wine is the intensity of the fruit and tannin.
Praise from Robert Parker: "Marcoux's Cuvee Vieilles Vignes is unquestionably one of the world's most profound wines. It has hit the magic 100 point score in 1989, 1990, and 1998, and probably will do so again in 2001. It is produced from 50-100 year old vines (primarily Grenache and the rest old Syrah and Mourvedre). Sophie and Catherine must feel some responsibility for carrying on the heritage of the Armenier family, which has been making Chateauneuf du Pape for only 700 years!" (2/2003)