2016 Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 95--Jeff Leve: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
Price :
$54.95

"The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah, aged predominantly in concrete and foudre. Biodynamically farmed and traditionally made, it reached 15.5% alcohol, which shows a bit in the wine's size and slight warmth. It's full-bodied, rich and velvety, with bold black cherry fruit, hints of clove and cola and a long, savory-spicy finish. I'd opt for drinking it over the next 6-7 years." (WA)

"Brilliant red. Highly perfumed red fruit liqueur, potpourri and Moroccan spice scents show impressive vivacity and focus. Sappy, alluringly sweet and precise, offering palate-staining raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a hint of spicecake. Closes very long and smooth, displaying excellent focus, even tannins and emphatic, floral-tinged persistence." (VM)

"Bottled in March, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (80% Grenache) was brought up in a mix of concrete (mostly) and foudre. It gives up sensational notes of kirsch liqueur, white flowers, graphite, candle wax, and spice. This rich, full-bodied, yet seamless Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a powerful, balanced style that's going to keep for 15-20 years. It's a gorgeous wine." (JD)

"Beautiful, sweet, cherry, floral and garrigue notes pop right up. On the palate, the wine is elegant, refined, soft and silky, with loads of ripe, juicy, sweet kirsch to keep you busy in the finish. The wine was made blending 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah. 1052 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2018" (JL)

Winery Notes:
Official French records indicate that the Armenier family has been tending vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape since the 1300’s. Today, winemaker-sisters Catherine Armenier and Sophie Estevenin continue to write history with the wines of Domaine de Marcoux. In 1990, the Domaine became the first in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape to implement biodynamic farming practices. Their youngest vines are 40 to 60 years old, and in short, the sisters do as little as possible to the harvested grapes. This domaine, as critic Stephen Tanzer put it, is “the essence of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.”

In 2003, Robert Parker named Sophie and Catherine on his list of “Wine Personalities of Year,” writing, “Over the last 12 years, the biodynamically farmed vineyard has risen to the top of Châteauneufdu- Pape’s quality hierarchy. The two red wines produced have been stunning, with the regular cuvée of Châteauneuf-du-Pape one of the finest in the appellation, and the limited production Cuvée Vieilles Vignes one of the world’s truly magnificent wines.”