Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2019
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“Marcoux’s are amongst the top wines of the Châteauneuf- du-Pape appellation. They were one of the first adopters of biodynamics. Here, the wines have a natural and a rare depth, an energy and power that does not rely on artificial breeding.”
La Revue du Vin de France
This year's blend is 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 7% Syrah and 3% Cinsault. For those new to this wine, 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).
As is customary, the wines were naturally fermented and raised in concrete vat (up to 90%) and large oak, without any new oak. The aging spanned 18 months and the wine was bottled unfiltered. A model of purity, charm, and freshness, Marcoux's 2019 is a thrilling Châteauneuf from one of the region's great artisans. On the one hand it is a wine for the long haul, yet with such striking balance. From the first sip it sings of aromatic precision and caressing red fruit (ripe raspberry, silken berries, violets and wild strawberry). Carved to perfection by succulent tannins and surging vitality, this is a big wine with a heart of gold, yet there is not an ounce of fat: it's a lithe, focused, and athletic style of Châteauneuf from what was obviously a superb vintage. Match it with any meat dish (a simple barbeque will do, chargrilled steak of course), a charcuterie plate, or anything cooked in red wine--it will be happy days.