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Date Printed: 10/30/2014
Dom. de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008
Dom. de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008
(search item no. 111305)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $62.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With thirteen plots of land scattered in different parts of the designated Chateauneuf du Pape area, with an average age of 50 years. The grapes are harvested by maturity, which varies from one area to another within the Domaine. Harvesting is only done manually, and the grapes are sorted out directly in the vineyard. We bring the harvest back to the winery right after harvesting, in crates weighing approximately 50kg (110 pounds). Upon arrival, the grapes are de-stemmed, crushed and cooled off for pre-fermentation maceration.
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About Domaine de Marcoux:

Official French records indicate that the Armenier family has been tending vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape since the 1300's. Today, winemaker-sisters Catherine Armenier and Sophie Estevenin continue to write history with the wines of Domaine de Marcoux. In 1990, the Domaine became the first in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape to implement biodynamic farming practices. Their youngest vines are 40 to 60-years-old, and in short, the sisters do as little as possible to the harvested grapes. This domaine, as critic Stephen Tanzer put it, is "the essence of Châteauneuf-du-Pape."

In 2003, Robert Parker named Sophie and Catherine on his list of "Wine Personalities of Year," writing, "Over the last 12 years, the biodynamically farmed vineyard has risen to the top of Châteauneuf-du-Pape's quality hierarchy. The two red wines produced have been stunning, with the regular cuvée of Châteauneuf-du-Pape one of the finest in the appellation, and the limited production Cuvée Vieilles Vignes one of the world’s truly magnificent wines."