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2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Dom. Marcoux

2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Dom. Marcoux

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Sisters Sophie and Catherine Armenier run this fine domaine and consistently produce some of my favourite wines in Châteauneuf. Their wines are fine; more about finesse and elegance than pure power, although I must stress that they are far from weedy - yet another illustration that the use of bio-dynamics can achieve fabulous results. Is it just the result of the extra care and attention the vines receive, the ultra-organic approach in the vineyard or do the phases of the moon and dung buried in old rams’ horns really have some near magical ability to transform the quality of a wine? Whatever, there is no arguing with the quality of the end product. Their Chateauneuf-du-Pape is slightly more feminine, more elegant in style than that of Domaine Pegau, for example, but that’s not to say that it is by any means a lightweight; a wonderful expression of terroir from this vintage.

A wine that performed better from barrel than bottle, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape is still an outstanding effort. Made from tiny yields and a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah and 3% Cinsault, it exhibits classy black cherry, damp underbrush, truffle and hints of herbs in a medium-bodied, fresh and seamless profile. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years. 2014-2022 90 pts - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate #215

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