The 2015 Pape-Clément has a fragrant bouquet with quite plush, generous but well defined red berry
fruit mixed with rose petal and incense, smoke and cigar humidor following later. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, crisp and focused.
A seam of graphite emerges toward the finish. This is linear and correct at the moment. This should develop into a very fine Pessac-Léognan, one full of breed and sophistication. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, July 2019) — 6 days ago
I think I’m under rating this, but time will be its friend. I knew going in this was too young, but as I’ve never had it before, why not. Popping the cork, and putting in a decanter, the first taste was a zero. There was nothing there. After about two hours, the story changed. Wild berries on the nose, red and some blue fruit on the pallet, a hint of coco. Nice acidity with good tannins structure, will lend to decades worth of cellaring. — 17 days ago
Licorice, strawberry, spices,a bit of garrigue too. Intoxicating nose. The palate is very good, long and complex but could be a little bit denser and wider. A strong acid backbone, a nice fruit and some licorice all along, some tannins and a very velvety touch. Some tannins kick the rear up a tad to make way for a very persistent finish with licorice and red fruits. This is a very nice #sundaynighttreat. — 2 days ago
The second Rhone last Sunday. Earthy loam notes together with ripe Grenache aromas of raspberry and red liquorice although the raspberry notes are much more savoury at 12 years. On the medium bodied palate some Liqueur cherry notes with mild resolved tannins. At its peak - fruit, oak, tannin and acid all in balance. The perfect accompaniment to Roast Lamb and Vegetables. A blend of 65% Grenache 15% Syrah 15% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault. — 16 days ago
One of my last remaining 2010 CdP’s...from back when I was exploring the region. I’ve since only focused on a few specific producers but Marcoux is one that still has some of my attention...mostly because it’s hard to deny that it’s really good wine. This bottle seemed a touch reductive at first but that blew off with some time and what emerged was a bounty of brambles, sandalwood, garrigue, Twin Bing, some sediment...actually a lot of sediment. The tannins weren’t very obvious at first but after a couple of hours, the tannin monster showed up in full force. For whatever reason, this has happened to me on occasion with top wines from CdP and Gigondas. Not sure what causes that. Anyway, based off this experience, I would have to say that these still have quite a bit of life in them. In the same breath, however, I would exercise caution as I’ve witnessed too many Grenache based wines not age as gracefully. — 20 days ago
This is the kind of wine that is inexpensive, and not that great fresh, yet give it 5 years, and it will turn into a different wine altogether.
Smells of dark roasted fruit.
Black cherry, mint, Horehound, touches of herbaceous root, bright jolly rancher red acidity.
An incredibly delicious wine. Perhaps not your classic style of a CDP, yet still carrying some of that classic rustic ness.
— 10 days ago
Intense aromas of herbs, pepper, and dark red and black fruits. On open it was viscous and driven by dark cherry and blue/raspberry notes, but opened up with some air to allow more minerality and brighter tones, along with a bit of iron. Tannins were restrained and gently carried a long finish. This is going to get even better with a few more years in the bottle. — a month ago