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The May 2024 Auction: Part 3

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Auction Ends: 5/16/2024 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #558. Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2020

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Score: 97 VM.
"A towering effort, the 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes soars from the glass with pristine crème de cassis, raspberry jam, black plum, scorched earth, incense, mint, exotic spice and white pepper aromas. The precision of the individual perfumes has a laser-like quality rarely seen in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Full-bodied and framed by ever-so-velvety tannins, it reaches a spherical dimension in the mouth. The recent adoption of 3,000-liter Austrian oak barrels beautifully contributed to the shape of this wine, giving it terrific poise and tension. Certified organic and working biodynamically for many years, Sophie Armenier and her son Vincent consistently strive to improve the quality of their wines at Domaine de Marcoux. In 2016, they began partially aging their reds in 3,000-liter Austrian oak barrels to have less obvious oak influence. Grapes are harvested in 50kg crates and are always 100% de-stemmed. During and after fermentation in concrete vats, the reds undergo gentle maceration and pump-overs for approximately four weeks. Regarding the 2021 vintage, Sophie Armenier recalled relatively cool spring temperatures with only a few hot episodes and fairly cool nights during summer. Compared to 2020 and 2019, 2021s resulted in wines with less color, lower alcohol and increased freshness. Due to spring frost in April, Armenier lost around 30% of her usual crops. Despite the lower-than-usual yields, her 2021s display a refined, fragrant profile and possess the potential for extended bottle aging. Looking at 2020 and 2019, Armenier and her son Vincent delivered an even more enticing set of wines. The 2020 Cuvée Vieilles Vignes knocks it out of the park and is one of the wines of the vintage. There are three Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines at Marcoux: the traditional white and red blends and the coveted Grenache-only Cuvée Vieilles Vignes. Essentially these are distinctively elegant, neatly balanced wines with great tension without being overly concentrated. I recently pulled the cork of their traditional red Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the relatively dry 2005 vintage, and it sang beautifully. While I have a weak spot for the Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, the best quality-price-ratio sits with their traditional red." Nicolas Greinacher, Vinous, Mar 2023
Provenance: The Belfort Cellar
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $160

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