2012 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L)

SKU #1263615 93 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a range of pure red fruit, with cherry, damson plum and cassis notes coursing along, seamlessly layered with graphite, red licorice and apple wood accents. Polished around the edges, but with a tug of earth lurking in the background. Latent grip emerges on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2030. (JM)  (10/2014)

92 points Vinous

 Bright ruby-red. Intense, spice-laced cherry and dark berries on the fragrant nose, with notes of licorice, spicecake and lavender adding complexity. Silky, expansive blackberry, cherry compote and succulent herb flavors become firmer and spicier with air, picking up notes of white pepper and allspice. Finishes silky and very long, with superb clarity and supple tannins. This gets my vote as the best 'basic' Châteauneuf bottling of the vintage. (JR)  (4/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A wine that performed better from barrel than bottle, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape is still an outstanding effort. Made from tiny yields and a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah and 3% Cinsault, it exhibits classy black cherry, damp underbrush, truffle and hints of herbs in a medium-bodied, fresh and seamless profile. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years. (JD)  (9/2014)

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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