CDP Vieilles Vignes, Domaine de Marcoux 2006


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Tasting Notes

One of the wines of the vintage is the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, and I still remember tasting this beauty at the domaine on release. Almost all Grenache and aged in tank, it has sensational notes of wild strawberries, raspberries, flowers, olive and Provencal garrigue all literally soaring from the glass. This gives way to a full-bodied, utterly seamless, weightless 2006 that has fabulous depth of fruit, fine tannin and a finish that just won’t quit. It’s flat out great today, but will continue knocking your socks off for another decade.

Score: 97Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (223), March 2016

Deep red. Sexy, pinot-like red fruits and minerals on the nose, with a suave floral overtone. Lush raspberry and cherry preserve flavors are enlivened by zesty minerality and framed by silky tannins, picking up more wild garrigue and tobacco qualities on the finish. For all its flavor impact, this is remarkably light, even delicate, with superb balance and precision.

Score: 95/97Josh Raynolds,, January 2008

Dark ruby. Lightish nose in the gamey/juicy/very Grenache spectrum (it’s apparently all Grenache). Very big and bold and massive. Real reverberation on the palate. Now this is an obvious special cuvée… Positively explodes in the mouth and the massive fruit overlay all but hides the tannins. Pretty hot finish but I think it will get there in the end. Very ambitious and probably worth its presumably steep price. This should have people fighting over their allocations. Very powerful yet nervy and alive. A little dry on the finish with some perceptible alcohol but not heavy. 2015 - 2026

Score: 18+Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2008

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