Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf du Pape 2015 - 750ml
The Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, the bulk of the production at Domaine de Marcoux, is sourced from 13 sites spread over a wide range of terroirs. This allows for a wine that is both dense but pure and lifted with beguiling aromatics. In general terms Marcoux is always inclined towards red-fruit flavors with a smoky stoniness that emerges with age.
Ruby-red. Energetic, mineral-accented aromas of ripe red and dark berries, complicated by suggestions of incense and pungent flowers. Broad and fleshy on entry, then more taut in the midpalate, offering pliant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a suggestion of five-spice powder. Finishes very long and sweet, featuring slow-building tannins, a touch of smokiness and repeating red fruit character. This wine is shaping up to be an outstanding "basic" Châteauneuf. Range: 92-94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Raised mostly in concrete, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape features gentle strawberry-raspberry fruit and loads of subtle spice. It's medium to full-bodied, marked by silky tannins and a long finish. It's not the most powerful, concentrated wine, but it's certainly one of the most elegant. It's 85% Grenache, with the balance a mix of Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault.
The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (84% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, and 6% Syrah) shows the hallmark elegance and purity of this estate, as well as classic notes of framboise, spiced strawberries and incense. It's a medium to full-bodied 2015 that has plenty of richness, integrated acidity, and a clean, classic feel that going to evolve for a decade or more.