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Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017

The Armenier family have been making Châteauneuf-du-Pape at Domain de Marcoux for only about 700 years now!  Sophie and her son Vincent Armenier are the current winemakers and custodians at this prestigious address.

We are fortunate to gain access to a small amount of wine each year from this highly sought-after biodynamic producer of Chateauneuf du Pape. These are wonderfully pure, refined and textured Chateauneuf that reflect the vintage in which they are produced. For those who love the depth, power and longevity of old vine, low-yielding Chateauneuf, yet crave more elegance, these are wines to squirrel away in the cellar for special occasions in the future.

"One of the benchmark estates in all of France is undeniably Domaine du Marcoux, which is run today by the talented Sophie Armenier, with more and more help from her son, Vincent. Sophie’s sister, Catherine, has recently retired and Vincent has taken over the farming the estate’s 18 hectares in Châteauneuf du Pape, 8 hectares in Lirac, and just over 2 hectares of Côtes du Rhône. The estate is located just outside the northern edge of the appellation, yet they own vines primarily in the south (Grandes Serres, Les Plagnes, and les Galimardes), northwest (Beaurenard, Les Pradel, Maucoil and l’Arnesque) and in the center of the appellation (Les Esqueirons, Les Bosquets and Charbonnière). They make three Châteauneuf du Papes, one white and two reds. The white is always a classic, high quality effort worth checking out and is a mix of Roussanne and Bourboulenc brought up in tank and barrels. For the reds, the classic Châteauneuf du Pape is destemmed and is always roughly 75-80% Grenache with the balance Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Syrah, aged primarily in concrete tanks. They make tiny amount of their Vieilles Vignes cuvée and it’s basically 100% Grenache that’s completely destemmed and comes from three terroirs: Charbonnière, Esqueirons and Galimardes. Their Vieilles Vignes cuvée is one of the world’s most profound wines, and as I’ve said before, there are few I’d rather have in my cellar or on the table."
— Jeb Dunnuck

These wines are made in very small quantities and are in high demand around the world. Even the Côtes du Rhônes are limited to just a few dozen per year - so grab them while you can!

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