2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine de Marcoux, Rhône

2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine de Marcoux, Rhône

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2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine de Marcoux, Rhône

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Description

The aromas of this Châteauneuf-du-Pape are gorgeous with intense, sweet cherries and strawberries with wild thyme and rosemary. The supple palate is layered with vibrant minerality. The fruit has darker depths to it and enough power to be elegant yet impressive whilst the fine, powdery tannins have pin-point grip. The herbal thyme and rosemary lift completes the long and succulent finish.

Drink 2024 - 2040

Berry Bros. & Rudd

Lifted, perfumed nose of crunchy red and black fruits, lavender and spice. The bramble and spice notes carry through on the palate but are joined by hints of tea leaves and elegant floral notes of rose and iris. There are lots of layers to this rather morish CNDP, it’s the freshness that’s really striking for me. Medium to full bodied with tannins that are very fine but present enough to give the wine a nice backbone. A long lingering finish.

Drink 2025 - 2040

Tara Field, Account Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd

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Critics reviews

Jancis Robinson MW16/20

80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 7% Syrah and 3% Cinsault. Vinified in concrete tanks. Aged for 18 months in old oak barrels (5%), concrete tanks (75%) and truncated tanks (20%). Certified organic. Tank sample.

Tasted blind. The nose is rich and rounded, with dark fruits dominating. Full-bodied, with a core of stewed red fruits, liquorice root and firm, chewy tannins. Moderate concentration of fruit and a warming, broad finish.

Drink 2030 - 2040

Alistair Cooper MW, JancisRobinson.com (October 2023)

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Decanter92/100

Soft and approachable, appealing early-drinking style, but essentially quite simple. Well balanced. Some enjoyable herbal nuances, a touch of menthol, pine needles. A compact and drinkable style with a good sense of relief to the texture without excessive tannins.

Drink 2024 - 2030

Matt Walls, Decanter (September 2023)

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Jeb Dunnuck92-94/100

Looking at the 2022 Châteauneuf Du Pape (85% Grenache and the rest mostly Syrah and Mourvèdre), this ruby-hued beauty offers an up-front, sexy style in its kirsch liqueur and ripe blue fruits as well as peppery herbs, lavender, mint, and orange blossom-driven aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, expansive, and layered on the palate, it's going to be one sexy Châteauneuf Du Pape to drink over the coming 15 years. Tasted on multiple occasions with consistent results.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (October 2023)

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About this WINE

Domaine de Marcoux

Domaine de Marcoux

Sisters Sophie and Catherine Armenier have elevated Marcoux to the very highest ranks. Today, Sophie diligently runs the winery, while her son Vincent Estevenin looks after the vineyards. Now, there are 27 hectares split into over 20 parcels: 18 hectares lie right in the heart of the prime Châteauneuf-du-Pape terroir of La Crau plateau. The remainder rest in Lirac and the other Côtes du Rhône villages. Certified as organic by Ecocert as early as 1991, this year marks four decades of rigorous organic and then biodynamic principles.

The domaine makes three main wines: a Lirac, their main Châteauneuf-du-Pape and an exceptional Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes – the top cuvée from this organically certified domaine. It’s made from two parcels of outstanding, old-vine Grenache: Charbonnières, planted in 2000 and Esqueirons, planted in 1949.

The cool, freshness of the 2021 vintage really plays to Domaine de Marcoux’s stylistic strengths of purity and minerality, aided as ever by their dedication to biodynamics. Their wines are always balanced but, at 1.5% abv lower than in 2020, both the Lirac and the Châteauneuf-du-Pape are especially gorgeous this year. These wines epitomise the crunchy, deliciously fresh appeal of 2021; they are lifted, fruit-forward and fragrant, and such a delight to drink.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The most celebrated village of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the birthplace of the now indispensable French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée system – imperfect though it may be. Compared to the Northern Rhône, the vineyards here are relatively flat and often feature the iconic galet pebbles – the precise benefits of which are a source of much debate. Minimum alcohol levels required by the AOC are the highest in France, but at 12.5% it is well below the natural generosity of Grenache, which only achieves its full aromatic potential when it is fully ripe and laden with the resultant high sugars. Syrah and Mourvèdre contribute the other defining elements in the blend, adding pepper, savoury spice and structure to the decadent Grenache. There are a further 10 permitted red grape varieties which can be used to adjust the “seasoning”. Of the five white varieties permitted, it is Grenache Noir’s sibling – predictably perhaps – Grenache Blanc, which dominates, though Roussanne shows a great deal of promise when handled well, notably at Château de Beaucastel.

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Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache (Noir) is widely grown and comes in a variety of styles. Believed to originate in Spain, it was, in the late 20th century, the most widely planted black grape variety in the world. Today it hovers around seventh in the pecking order. It tends to produce very fruity, rich wines that can range quite widely in their level of tannin.

In many regions – most famously the Southern Rhône, where it complements Syrah and Mourvèdre, among other grapes – it adds backbone and colour to blends, but some of the most notable Châteauneuf du Pape producers (such as Château Rayas) make 100 percent Grenache wines. The grape is a component in many wines of the Languedoc (where you’ll also find its lighter-coloured forms, Grenache Gris and Blanc) and is responsible for much southern French rosé – taking the lead in most Provence styles.

Found all over Spain as Garnacha Tinta (spelt Garnaxa in Catalonia), the grape variety is increasingly detailed on wine labels there. Along with Tempranillo, it forms the majority of the blend for Rioja’s reds and has been adopted widely in Navarra, where it produces lighter styles of red and rosado (rosé). It can also be found operating under a pseudonym, Cannonau, in Sardinia.

 

Beyond Europe, Grenache is widely planted in California and Australia, largely thanks to its ability to operate in high temperatures and without much water. Particularly in the Barossa Valley, there are some extraordinary dry-farmed bush vines, some of which are centuries old and produce wines of startling intensity.

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