2013 Domaine de Marcoux Chateanuef du Pape
Domaine de Marcoux makes “one of the very best and most sought-after wines of the Rhone Valley” – thier outstanding Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. To be clear and up front, the wine on sale today is not the Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. It is the “classic” Chateauneuf du Pape.
But I think you’re going to want to discover this wine anyway because its one heck of a deal. You see, in 2013, the Vieilles Vignes Cuvee was not made, and all the fruit and wine that would have gone into that $400 a bottle blockbuster instead was “declassified” into this bottle. Sophie Armenier explains to the interviewer at Vinous:
“There was no Vieilles Vignes bottled here in 2014 or 2013 because of the reduced yields, a strict selection and the decision to sell off a lot of fruit. The decision was made to ‘try to make the very best classique bottling,’ according to Sophie Armenier. She understands and appreciates the attention that Marcoux garners for the V.V., which, when it’s made, is among a handful of the very best and most sought-after wines of the Rhône Valley. But ‘it’s the classique that holds up the estate’s reputation to the most people,’ she told me. ‘It doesn’t make sense to make just a little bit of a great, almost fantasy wine from a small crop when the fruit could be used to build up the quality of the wine that the greatest number of people are going to see,’ she added.” Josh Raynolds of Vinous.
And I’ll let Josh continue on with the review:
“Raised in a combination of concrete tanks and old foudres and barriques): Vivid red. Intense red fruit and floral scents are complicated by suggestions of allspice, smoky minerals and garrigue. Vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show superb clarity and very good depth, picking up a bit of lavender pastille and an exotic blood orange nuance with aeration. Juicy acidity adds spine and lift; fine-grained tannins shape a strikingly long, focused finish that leaves behind sweet floral pastille and red berry notes.”
When it was first released this wine was a good deal. Now its just a downright steal.