Robert Parker 92
Looking at the reds, Marcoux’s 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape is a mostly tank-aged blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah and 3% Cinsault. Loaded with Provencal charm, it exhibits notes of sweet kirsch, dried licorice, herbs de Provence and sweet spice. This medium to full-bodied 2011 possesses a seamless, elegant profile, beautiful purity and sweet tannin. Up-front and already delicious, enjoy it over the coming decade or so. Drink now-2023.
Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023
Vivid ruby. Intense red fruit and floral scents are enlivened by a bright mineral note and a touch of white pepper. Offers penetrating raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air. Shows excellent focus and energy on the lingering finish, which is firmed by silky, fine-grained tannins. This is one outstanding "basic" Chateauneuf.