2006 Domaine de Marcoux "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1110918 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the vintage’s blockbusters is the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, with even higher alcohol (16.2%) than the 2007. It offers lovely notes of black fruits, truffle oil, roasted meats, beef blood, black raspberries, abundant kirsch, and a hint of roasted Provencal herbs. On a much faster evolutionary track than the 2007, it is a layered, multi-dimensional effort displaying a finish that lasts nearly 60 seconds. Some unresolved tannins in the finish suggest this wine should be cellared for 2-3 years, and consumed over the following two decades.  (10/ 2008)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Explosive aromas of dark berries, kirsch, vibrant minerals, cured meat and garrigue; smells like a great Mazis-Chambertin. Finely etched red and black fruit flavors completely stain the palate, with gentle smokiness and candied flowers adding nuance. It's rare to encounter this level of elegance from the southern Rhone. The finish is sweet, smoky and strikingly pure, leaving strong mineral notes behind. As usual, one of the best wines of the vintage.  (1/ 2009)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Still tight, with perfumed notes of violet and incense starting to unwind from the core of dark plum, boysenberry and raspberry fruit. Plenty of spice and dark licorice notes wait in reserve on the fleshy, powerful finish, where there's an undertow of sweet earth. Mostly Grenache with a small percentage of mixed varieties. Best from 2010 through 2030  (12/ 2008)

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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