Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf du Pape, 1990

This is probably my favorite Chateauneuf from the very good 1990 vintage, and it served as a worthy companion to the 1978 Chante Cigale. Both wines were made according to traditional methods and aged in large, seasoned foudres rather than new oak or small barriques. The color is brighter than that of the Chante Cigale but also lighter, with more amber at the rim. The bouquet and flavors offer up a similar Grenache cherry/berry character--more vibrant and with more complexity. Spices, pepper, licorice come at you from all directions. This is a very impressive wine. Compared to the Chante Cigale, Marcoux is a tease--exotic, flamboyant but less rich and less ripe. I like those qualities, but I also like the direct, no-nonsense approach of the Chante Cigale. Two excellent wines, two different experiences

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