2003 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note


2003 Domaine de Marcoux Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 91

Kirsch, jam, figs, herbs, and liqueur notes on the nose and palate popped with ease. There is a touch of heat and raisiny red fruits that protrudes. I liked this much better several years ago. If you have a bottle, it is time to drink up. 91 Points

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The initial pour was quite nice. Soft, round, balanced and loaded with kirsch and herbs. But after perhaps 30 minutes in the glass, the wine took on fig, raisin and chocolate sensation that overwhelmed any of the remaining red fruits. If you own this wine, drink it sooner than later, from your cellar and in the glass. This is not a good trajectory for the future I a sad to say. 90 Points

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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

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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

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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

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When to Drink Domaine Marcoux, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Domaine Marcoux can be enjoyed on the young side with 1-2 hours of decanting. 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 usually better with 5-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 5-25 years after the vintage.

Serving 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.

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, grilled and smoked meats, barbecue and cassoulet. Domaine de Marcoux is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, cheese, 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 specific 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 under the name of Domaine Lorentine