The stamp of Marcoux is on all their reds, and it’s a delight to taste them together. The flavour and textural profiles are similar, and here we have the pinnacle; deeper, concentrated, woven complexity and lacy structure. Vivid and intense, with an immediate presence. Extremely complex nose of red fruits, brambly fruit, petrichor, campfire, violets and lavender. Expansive palate, almost elastic as it expands in the mouth. Medium to full bodied, gently intense, detailed and fine lacy tannins. I love the ethereal, floral and high toned lift, and for all its elegance the power of a grand wine. Composed and complete. My favourite Chateauneuf-du-Pape? Waters Wine Co
Bright ruby. Vibrant, spice-accented aromas of raspberry and cherry liqueur, incense and pungent flowers are accompanied by a smoky mineral nuance that builds in the glass. Deep-pitched yet impressively lively as well, offering intense red and dark berry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that stain the palate and show superb clarity and minerally lift. Closes extremely long, focused and lively, with silky tannins framing the wine’s sweet fruit. This is about as good as a “basic” Châteauneuf gets. 94 points, Josh Reynolds, Vinous
This year’s blend is 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 7% Syrah and 3% Cinsault. Marcoux’s Châteauneuf is drawn from 13 parcels of vines, biodynamically farmed and dotted across the appellation. With a concentration on the famous Crau plateau, the parcels encompass a wide range of soil types, from the sandy soils of Charbonnières, to the red clay and galets in L’Arnesque and Les Bosquets, to the limestone and white clay in Les Esqueirons and Beaurenard, and finally the red clay and gravels of Les Galimardes, Les Serres and Les Plagnes in the south.
This means Marcoux can produce a wine that truly reflects the Châteauneuf terroir as a whole. It also allows the Domaine to craft balanced wines year in, year out, as each parcel is vinified separately prior to the blending (and any parcels that do not fit the bill are typically declassified to Côtes du Rhône or sold to the négoce).