2015 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1320283 92-94 points Vinous

 fermented in concrete vats and aged in a combination of concrete tanks and wood casks) Ruby-red. Energetic, mineral-accented aromas of ripe red and dark berries, complicated by suggestions of incense and pungent flowers. Broad and fleshy on entry, then more taut in the midpalate, offering pliant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a suggestion of five-spice powder. Finishes very long and sweet, featuring slow-building tannins, a touch of smokiness and repeating red fruit character. This wine is shaping up to be an outstanding "basic" Châteauneuf. (JR)  (3/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Raised mostly in concrete, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape features gentle strawberry-raspberry fruit and loads of subtle spice. It's medium to full-bodied, marked by silky tannins and a long finish. It's not the most powerful, concentrated wine, but it's certainly one of the most elegant. It's 85% Grenache, with the balance a mix of Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault. Sophie Armenier considers 2015 to be more elegant than 2016 at this estate, saying that the rain that fell in Châteauneuf du Pape on August 26 and the beginning of September came just at the right times. Picking started the third week in September, with La Crau finishing up on October 5. The 2016 vintage has more freshness because of bigger temperature drops at night, yet it also has higher alcohol levels and was harvested earlier. Grenache came in between September 14 and 28. Sophie's sister has recently retired, but her son, Vincent, has now come to work with her on the estate. "We're not looking for too much ripeness or too much extraction," she says. (JC)  (10/2017)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (84% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, and 6% Syrah) shows the hallmark elegance and purity of this estate, as well as classic notes of framboise, spiced strawberries and incense. It's a medium to full-bodied 2015 that has plenty of richness, integrated acidity, and a clean, classic feel that going to evolve for a decade or more. (JebDunnuck.com)  (10/2017)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2017 | Send Email
A superstar at our recent Saturday Rhone tasting, where it more than held court with wines double in price. No surprise really, as this bottle of Marcoux was cultivated and raised under the careful tutelage of Sophie Armenier and her sister Catherine, whose family roots, as one of the first inhabitants in Chateauneuf, extend back to the 10th century. Aged for the most part in concrete, with a specific regimen of small oak barrels for the Syrah and Mourvedre, this cuvee mirrors the innate quality of the 2015 Rhone vintage, with gorgeous aromatics and a mélange of alluring red fruits, floral elements, suave spice, and refined tannins…more than the sum of its parts, and a true classic in the making.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2017 | Send Email
This was a standout wine for me at our last Rhone staff tasting. The concrete aging contributes a lovely mineral element that's well integrated with the bold fruit, herb and dried flowers. The balance of this wine is impeccable, and with some time in the cellar, I know this will get even better.

Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2017 | Send Email
Lovely red fruit, fragrant flowers, and just a beauty to drink. Although this has an age-worthy presence about it, it's wonderful right now. I can't think of a better CdP anywhere near this price range that I would want to take home. A great value!

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2017 | Send Email
The CDP earned an easy "A" on my tasting score sheet: classic profile and perfect structure. Although still relatively young, all of the elements (fruit flavors and aromas, tannin, alcohol, and acid) are super well blended and integrated. Classic CDP spiciness, soft and approachable tannins, and great depth to the core fruit flavors all contribute to how much the entire staff loved this bottle. And the price; that's a bonus. Stock up on these for the fall/winter!

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2017 | Send Email
Absolutely lovely. I enjoyed its brooding berry fruit, herbs and smoke, displayed with elegant restraint and finesse. This should appeal to enthusiasts of both old school and modern style CDP.

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2017 | Send Email
Totally unique. Exceptionally elegant. Beautifully perfumed. These were the impressions of the staff when we tasted the Marcoux CdP at our last Southern Rhone tasting. Never overly dark, but packed with soaring red fruit, aromas of lavender, and layers of strawberry and cherry notes. This is a Chateauneuf that moves towards a slightly lighter style and executes it with stunning success.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2017 | Send Email
Marcoux ranks as one of my top Chateauneuf producers. The sisters, Armenier have been great stewards of the land being one of the first biodynamically certified estates in the appellation. Under the watchful eye of winemaker Sophie Armenier, comes one of the great appellation wines of this vintage to my mind. I first tasted this wine, with Sophie in 2016, when it was still in its component parts. It was a scribble of notes describing a range of strawberries, spices, minerals, lavender and swirling dust. Now fully assembled, the wine is redolent of strawberry preserves, potpourri and minerals. It is long and full of finesse, and a couple of years in the cellar will be well rewarded.

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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 (%): 15