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2005 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Vieilles Vignes"

SKU #1040122 97 points 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. (ST)  (1/2008)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This bottle of 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes holds its cards slightly close to its vest and offers a firm, concentrated, youthful feel in its darker fruits, scorched earth, licorice and mineral-laced bouquet. Full-bodied, structured and concentrated, yet with the seamless texture this cuvee always possesses, it should hit full maturity in another 2-3 years and keep for a decade or more after that. (JD) 96+  (10/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Lush and inviting, with mocha, raspberry, fruitcake and incense notes that run along a rich, velvety texture. The long, structured finish is really ripe and well-rounded and should gain further depth with cellaring. (JM)  (11/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 Very sumptuous yet not too concentrated - everything in great proportion. Not especially deep colour. Sweet and juicy on the front palate but with great integrity and restraint without being wimpy on the palate. Dry but not drying finish. Very impressive wine that should have an impressively long life. This just hums without battering the senses. Lovely! 19/20 points (JR)  (12/2006)

K&L Notes

Domaine de Marcoux is one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape's originals, with family vineyards dating back to 1344. Today, the property is run and managed by sisters Catherine Armenier and Sophie Estevenin. Together, they share the winemaking responsibilities and oversight of their extremely old vines, which are farmed biodynamically. The average age of the vines is 50 years old, with 10 acres of 95 year-old-vines. The domaine is comprised of 57 acres spread across various zones of the appellation. The sisters are partial to cement tanks and all wines are fermented in these before passing into barrel. As the property prefers a more restrained style to the wines, none of the cuvées are macerated for extended lengths of time. There is no malolactic fermentation for any of the wines.

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Rhone Blends



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- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape