Marquis Châteauneuf du Pape is a dense, sexy, voluptuous wine loaded with sweet, lush, black raspberry fruit and soft, supple, round chocolatey tannins. The 2001 is similar in style to the 2000, but even more concentrated and will improve with some time in bottle. 95% Grenache, vines average 50 years old. 5% Mourvedre, vines 15 years old. 40% La Crau, 20% Vallori, 40% Cassanet vineyards.
"Chateauneuf du Pape Marquis is a 16,000 bottle cuvee made from primarily Grenache with a dollop of Mourvedre (7%) and Syrah (3%) included in the blend. The fruit is from two of the appellation's finest sectors. Even better than the 2000, the opaque ruby/purple-colored, dense, chewy, heady 2001 possesses high alcohol (15-15.5%) as well as intense kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with dried Provencal herbs, licorice, and spice box. It should drink well for 10-15+ years."
-The Wine Advocate