2015 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1320282 96-98 points Vinous

 Lurid ruby. A heady, expressive bouquet evokes fresh raspberry, cherry compote, potpourri, licorice and Asian spices, while a bright mineral flourish builds in the glass. Sweet, palate-staining red fruit liqueur, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors show outstanding depth as well as vivacity thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Plays power off finesse with a deft hand and finishes incredibly long, sappy and pure; velvety tannins emerge very slowly. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this monumental wine turn out to be the star of the 2015 vintage in the Rhône Valley, south as well as north. (JR)  (3/2017)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Similar in style, yet with additional depth and density, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is a sensational effort and one of the gems in the vintage. Kirsch liqueur, blueberries, spice, and incense notes all develop in the glass, and this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, silky, fine tannin impeccable balance and a great finish. As with the traditional cuvée, it's as seamless as they come, and while it's already impossible to resist, it's going to keep for 15+ years.  (10/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (about 97% Grenache) was entirely destemmed. According to Sophie Armenier, its alcohol level is a whopping 16+%, but it was completely concealed by the wine's intricate spice complexities. Licorice, cola, cinnamon, clove and allspice all interweave with cherries to form a silky web that glides across the palate and into a long, long finish. (JC)  (10/2017)

94 points Decanter

 Glistening, bright fruit aroma. Tasty, refined,sleek and wholesome palate: lovely finesse here. (JLL)  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2017 | Send Email
One of, if not my wine of the vintage. When I tasted this in 2016 from the oak tank, it was one of the most exotic and perfumed young CdPs I had ever tasted. When tasted earlier this year, it was again revelatory. Concentrated yet refreshing, with so much gorgeous fruit and spice, the wine is beginning to firm up around the edges. I would not say the wine will shut down, but there are signs that 5–10 years in bottle will reward those who cellar it with a truly exceptional wine.

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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