Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Domaine de Marcoux, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Domaine de Marcoux History, Overview

There are old families in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation and there are really old families from the region. The roots of Domaine de Marcoux date all the way back to about the year 1000. Chateauneuf du Pape was not born yet. The area was still known as Castrum Novum, which meant fortified village. At the time, the ancestors of the Armenier family went under the name of Armani. And no, we’re not talking about the house of Armani from Italy!

While the owners of Domaine de Marcoux are obviously one of the oldest families in the Southern Rhone Valley, wine making did not take place at Domaine de Marcoux until quite recently. The first vintage was 1989. In 1990, the began farming about 30% of their vineyards using only biodynamic experiments. Six years later, the sisters, Catherine Armenier and Sophie Estevenin started managing Domaine de Marcoux after their brother Philippe Armenier moved to Napa Valley in California in 1995. Catherine Armenier is responsible for the wine making, and Sophie Armenier looks after the business end of the winery.

Domaine de Marcoux Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Domaine de Marcoux practices biodynamics farming of their 17.5 planted hectares of vines that are spread out into at least 10 separate parcels. On average, their vines are close to 50 years of age. They have old vines, the oldest are more than 100 years old. They come from 2.3 hectares distributed among 3 parcels that are planted on a terroir of sandy soils. The best of those vines are planted in the La Crau vineyard. That is the grape source for the Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes. They also have vines planted in the Les Esqueierons, Coste Froide, Les Les Gaumardes, Les Charbonnieres, Les Les Plages, Beaurenard, La Bigote and Les Bas Serres lieux-dits. At Domaine Marcoux, .8 hectares of their vines are reserved for the production of white wine grapes.

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Domaine de Marcoux is a traditionally managed Rhone property. After harvest, a portion of the berries are destemmed and sorted to each specific grape variety before fermentation. The fruit spends 3 weeks in concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vats. At that point, the wine is aged in a combination of concrete vats and foudres for between 16 to 18 months before bottling.

The best vintages of Domaine de Marcoux are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1998 and 1995.

Domaine de Marcoux produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and two white Chateauneuf du Pape wines as well as wines from Cotes du Rhone and Lirac.

Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf du Pape is made from 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah and 3% Cinsault and from time to time, assorted grape varieties. On average, the vines for this wine are close to 50 years of age. The Grenache is aged in a combination of tank and barrel. The Mourvedre and Syrah are aged in oak barrels. The production is about 2,400 cases per year.

Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes is for all intents and purposes, 100% old vine Grenache. This limited production wine is one of the top cuvees from Chateauneuf du Pape. The grapes come from 3 different parcels of their oldest vines that range in age from 80 years to over 100 years of age. The vines are located La Crau, Gallimardes and Esquirons. The terroir for most of these vines is large, stone and rock strewn soils.

Generally speaking, Marcoux Vieilles Vignes is 100% Grenache, but the wine can also include a bit of Cinsault and other grape varieties. Marcoux VV is aged in cement tanks and oak barrels for about 18 months. On average, 300 cases are produced per year. This is a stunning style of Chateauneuf du Pape with sensuous textures and a beautiful purity of fruit. Expensive and hard to find, if you see a bottle and want to try one of the reference point wines in Chateauneuf du Pape, this is one of the wines to consider.

Domaine Marcoux Blanc is a blend of 60% Roussanne and 40% Bourboulenc. Aged in tank, the production is about 350 cases per year.

Serving and Decanting Domaine Marcoux with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Domaine de Marcoux is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine Marcoux is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Domaine de Marcoux is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

The white wine of Domaine de Marcoux is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

In 2003, the estate produced a special, single vineyard wine for that vintage only, Domaine de Marcoux Ephemere. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah. The fruit came from vines that were purchased in 2002.

Domaine Marcoux also produces wine from the Cotes du Rhone and Lirac appellations, where they own 2.7 hectares of vines. The Lirac wine is sold as Lorentine.

Domaine de Marcoux Wine Tasting Notes

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2015Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)95 pts

Silky and elegant, with salty tannins, and sweet, ripe, juicy red fruits that show off their purity easily. Not a wine of density, but of balance, silkyness and harmony. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache..

95 points - Tasted
2015Domaine de Marcoux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)91 pts

Focused on the earthy, garrigue side, this only adds to the luscious textured, elegant, sweet, ripe, red fruits that are so easy to find. Medium bodied and forward, the wine is refined, silky and ready to go.

91 points - Tasted
2013Domaine de Marcoux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)90 pts

From low yields of just 12 hectoliters per hectare, the wine kicks off with spicy, peppery, sweet, fresh, red fruits, flowers and herbs on the nose. Medium bodied, with an herbal, olive tinge to the finish, this will drink well on release.

90 points - Tasted
2012Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)96 pts

The perfect blend of freshness, silky tannins, sweet kirsch, spice and elegance, with the ability to age and evolve and a fresh, peppery, pure, kirsch and black raspberry filled finish. This is quite elegant and classy in style.

95 points - Tasted

Purity and elegance are seldom paired together as well as this. The fruit is ripe, sweet and fresh, with the right amount of spicy tannins in the mix. This stellar wine was produced from 100% old vine Grenache which reached 15% alcohol.

96 points - Tasted
2012Domaine de Marcoux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)91 pts

Fresh, peppery, kirsch, garrigue and black raspberry notes are found on the nose. Polished, soft and forward, give this medium bodied another year or two for the wine to open and expand.

91 points - Tasted

Spicy red cherries, with a purity of fruit, elegant textures and a sweet, fresh, pure kirsch finish that is already showing their stuff.

91 points - Tasted
2011Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)94 pts

Very successful for the vintage, the wine is soft, spicy, lush and round with a peppery, herbal, fresh finish. On the medium bodied palate, the sweet, ripe red fruits, kirsch and cherry tones really stand out.

93 points - Tasted

Kirsch liqueur and garrigue on the nose are made even better by the soft, polished, elegant, layers of supple red fruits and spice. From 100% old vine Grenache, the wine reached 15% alcohol and is clearly one of the stars of the vintage.

94 points - Tasted
2011Domaine de Marcoux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)90 pts

Floral in nature, with sweet cherries and silky textures, the essence of kirsch shines through to the peppery finish.

90 points - Tasted
2010Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97 pts

What a great bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape is all about. Stylish, supple, rich, full bodied, lusty and packed with ripe, sweet, juicy, black raspberries, kirsch, garrigue, cracked black pepper and thyme. This is great now, but it's still just a baby. All that sweet, ripe fruit makes it fun and easy to drink. But it's only going to get better with age.

97 points - Tasted
2010Domaine de Marcoux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)92 pts

Packed with fresh, ripe, sweet, jammy black raspberries, spice, kirsch and pepper notes, this lush, concentrated, rich, complex wine has a finish that truly leaves an impression.

92 points - Tasted
2009Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)95 pts

This is such a great style of wine. It's rich, sultry, silky and plush, there is good weight, density, frehsness and length from all the perfectly, sweet, red fruits and peppery black raspberries. This should get even better with age, especially if it fills out a bit more.

95 points - Tasted
2007Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97 pts

This is one of the more expensive Chateauneuf du Pape wines in the marketplace. And it's worth every penny! This unique expression of Grenache from vines over 100 years old is close to being completely ff the hook. Ripe, dense, luscious, refined, supple, pure cherries, earth, strawberry and spice loads up and satiates your senses. This is refined, wild and sexy. Based on older vintages of Marcoux VV in my cellar, this is also one of the few wines from Chateauneuf that are better at 20, than they were at 2! In a few years, I imagine my score will look conservative.

97 points - Tasted
2007Domaine de Marcoux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)93 pts

Fully mature, ripe, luscious, upfront, jammy, fleshy, opulent wine that is ready for current consumption. At 9 years of age, this is drinking at its peak level.

92 points - Tasted

At close enough to 7 years of age, this is really drinking nicely. Round layers of peppery black raspberry, jam and spices that finish with lush, fresh, sweet, ripe kirsch sensations. Popped and poured on a cold wintery night, this really hit the spot.

93 points - Tasted
2006Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)95 pts

The perfect example of freshness, purity of fruit, elegance and complexity. Popped and poured, the sweet, red, spicy berries tasted and felt great, making you want to go back for another sip.

95 points - Tasted

A beautiful wine in a great style here. Elegant, silky, refined textures, a purity of fruit that makes you think you're eating the sweet, fresh cherries and black raspberries right off the vine. The finish feels great as it combines freshness with silk. Still young, at 10, this is showing well now, and it could get even better over the next 3-5 years.

95 points - Tasted
2005Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)96 pts

This massive Chateauneuf du Pape is a marvel. How the Armeniery sisters keep everything in balance at 16.7% alcohol is beyond me. But they do! The perfume jumps from the glass with jammy kirsch, pepper, black raspberry, earth, licorice, blueberry and forest scents. Full bodied and concentrated with waves of fruit, tannin and glycerin, the finish last close to 50 seconds.

96 points - Tasted
2003Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97 pts

Ready to go with its exotic kirsch, thyme, spice, black raspberry jam and cherry liqueur profile. Plush, polished and soft, there is no reason not to be drinking this today.

96 points - Tasted

There is such a beautiful purity of fruit in this wine. It's the essence of sweet, ripe, blackberries. The texture is silky, the finish is long. Clearly, this is firing on all 12 cylinders today.

97 points - Tasted

Wines like this remind me why Marcoux, especially with their Vieille Vignes is one of my favorite Chateauneuf du Pape producers. Fat, lush, ripe and sexy, this ripe wine is filled with jammy black raspberry, garrigue, cherry, wild strawberry, pepper and earthy aromas. Opulent in texture, the wine ends with rich layers of ripe and over ripe, pure red fruits. This is drinking great today. If you have at least a few bottles, there is no reason not to try it. This is pure, bottled, lusty pleasure.

97 points - Tasted
2001Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97 pts

Pure kirsch, garrigue and black raspberries pop as soon as the cork leaves the bottle. Pure silky cherries coat your palate, leaving you with fresh, pure red fruits, herbs and an interesting, discreet, buttery, chocolate note in the long, elegant finish. This is drinking great today. If you have a bottle, pop a cork!

97 points - Tasted

Very dark colored wine. The aroma expresses extremely ripe fruit, almost porty. Dense, chewy, mouth feel. This is a big wine. Long powerful, ripe, red fruit and spice filled finish.

95 points - Tasted
2000Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)99 pts

It's hard to say which was a bigger turn on. The floral, licorice, kirsch and garrigue aromatics that popped from the bottle, let alone the glass. Or, the silky, plush, sexy, sweet, perfectly ripe, spicy earthy cherries in the finish. Either way, this winner is fully mature, does not want decanting and will probably remain at this peak level for at least another 3-5 years, if well stored.

97 points - Tasted

Rich, silky textures, pure cherries, kirsch and spice, with a long, incredibly polished finish that keeps on going, this is about as sexy as Chateauneuf du Pape gets. There is no reason to wait to pop a cork if you own a bottle. If you don't own a bottle, and this sounds like it's your style of Chateauneuf, there is no reason not to find a bottle.

97 points - Tasted

Complex aromas filled with kirsch and jammy black raspberries complicated by pepper and garrigue. Refined, round and polished, this plush, concentrated, rich, Chateauneuf du Pape ends with a polished, long, fresh wave of bright, silky textured, spicy plums. This is drinking beautifully at this point.

97 points - Tasted

00 Marcoux VV is filled with wild strawberries, cherries, smoke, Provencal herbs, truffles and chocolate mint flavors. Intense, rich, elegant and pure, this finesse styled wine finishes with long sensations of ripe black and red cherries that feel great as they fill your mouth. This is a very tactile wine that drinks perfectly today.

97 points - Tasted

Incredible levels of spicy, rich, perfectly red fruit, pepper, jam and herbs. Elegantly textured, plush and polished. This concentrated Chateauneuf du Pape wine ends in a long, silky flow of ripe kirsch and wild strawberry.

99 points - Tasted
1995Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97 pts

There are times when the last of a case was the best bottle, and this could be one of those times. Loads of kirsch, garrigue, black cherry, wild strawberry and pepper on the nose. Elegant and wild at the same time, the kirsch notes in the end tasted and felt great. Fully mature, there is no reason to wait, if you have a bottle in your cellar. This bottle was popped and poured, which was all it needed.

96 points - Tasted

Silky, smooth and still fresh at 20 years of age, the ripe kirsch, flowers, pepper, garrigue and sweet cherries is a turn on. There is no reason to wait to pop a cork, but there is no rush to drink well stored bottles either.

94 points - Tasted

Powerful long and concentrated, there is a dryness in the tannins that takes away from the ripe, deep, sweet, lush, showy, luscious red berries. This can age, as there is ample fruit and structure, but at close to 20 years of age, it is not going to get better and the tannins will probably remain in the wines character. This is a very good wine, but I prefer the later vintages like 98, 00, 01 etc.

94 points - Tasted

Black pepper, herbs, blackberry jam, cherries, smoke and spice aromas lead to a fresh, black raspberry, strawberry and balsamic filled wine. Sensuous in texture, this is probably fully mature and should be consumed over the next 5 years.

96 points - Tasted

1995 Marcoux VV is bottled, liquid pleasure. That should say enough, but for those seeking more detail... Pepper, garrigue, kirsch, jammy black raspberry, dark cherry and fennel aromatics pop from the glass within moments of being poured. In the mouth, the wine is rich, think, and concentrated, with potent layers of ripe cherry, jam, pepper and lavender. This is truly essence of old vine Grenache. The finish must last for over 50 seconds! 97 Pts

95 points - Tasted

The color is reminiscent of Black Plums with lightening around the edges. On the nose, notes of blackberries, raspberries, pepper, licorice, coffee, root beer and flowers. The palate offers nice red fruit liqueur flavors. The weight on the finish is a combination of syrup of Grenache with a slight, chalky, tannic sensation. This wine truly coats your palate with an avalanche of ripe fruit. The flavors linger on the palate for believe it or not, close to 60 seconds!

97 points - Tasted