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2009 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge ‘Vieilles Vignes’

  • Producer
    Domaine de Marcoux
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
    Grenache Blend
  • Region
  • Sub Region
  • Size

There are old families in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation and there are really old families from the region. The roots of Domaine de Marcoux date all the way back to about the year 1000. Chateauneuf du Pape was not born yet.

The area was still known as Castrum Novum, which meant fortified village. At the time, the ancestors of the Armenier family went under the name of Armani. And no, we’re not talking about the house of Armani from Italy! The estate takes its name from the village of Marcoux, located in the Alpes de Haute Provence.

While the owners of Domaine de Marcoux are obviously one of the oldest families in the Southern Rhone Valley, winemaking did not take place at Domaine de Marcoux until quite recently. The first vintage was 1989. In 1990, the began farming about 30% of their vineyards using only biodynamic experiments.

Six years later, the sisters, Catherine Armenier and Sophie Estevenin started managing Domaine de Marcoux after their brother Philippe Armenier moved to Napa Valley in California in 1995. Catherine Armenier is responsible for the wine making, and Sophie Armenier looks after the business end of the winery.

Tasting Notes

97 Points Joe Czerwinski
The gorgeous 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is in magnificent shape at age ten. It exhibits a bit of meatiness on the nose, joining those savory notes to notes of spice cake and plum. Full-bodied and amazingly plush and rich, it shows incredible complexity, adding notes of star anise and allspice to the mix on the lingering, elegant finish. It’s a voluptuous beauty that should continue to drink well for another decade or so.

2009 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge ‘Vieilles Vignes’