Marcoux 2017 Release
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
When Domaine Marcoux gets everything right, it produces as spectacular, full-bodied, dry red wine as money can buy. Unfortunately, it is extremely limited in availability. ROBERT PARKER
Without a doubt one of my favorite estates, as well as a reference point for Châteauneuf du Pape. JEB DUNNUCK, The Wine Advocate
Without doubt the wines of Marcoux rank among the very, very best of the region. Unlike so many of their colleagues in Chateauneuf, and the surrounding villages, Marcoux strives for pure wines that are not hindered with artifice and bogged down by too much wood or overripe fruit.
Here the wines are raised predominately in concrete with a small portion of old wood. The results can be riveting. They do not try and hide from the regions richness but instead aim for wines that marry that power and concentration while remaining engaging and fresh.
The 2017s both show the darker, more bold aspects of the vintage but neither is overly weighty in the context of the region. In particular I thought the regular bottling showed a depth of fruit that was remarkable but also plenty of garrigue and stony notes. It is a long and boldly framed Marcoux that should work for a lot of fans and will be ready to drink before either the 15 or 16.
The VV was something of a shock. I had anticipated a monster but that is not the case here. Certainly it’s wildly fruited but it’s also wildly engaging and shows a frankly mind boggling array of nuanced fruit, perfume and spice for a wine this young. For all its open and generous characters there is a sneaky structure here as well that tells me it will hold well in the cellar for some time. It is one of the better CNDP I have seen for a while.