Bright ruby. Vibrant spice-accented aromas of raspberry and cherry liqueur incense and pungent flowers are accompanied by a smoky mineral nuance that builds in the glass. Deep-pitched yet impressively lively as well offering intense red and dark berry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that stain the palate and show superb clarity and minerally lift. Closes extremely long focused and lively with silky tannins framing the wine?s sweet fruit. This is about as good as a "basic" Châteauneuf gets. -- Josh Raynolds
Rich and ripe but fresh and light on its feet with a seductive silky texture to the mix of cherry puree raspberry reduction and mulled plum flavors. Shows anise black tea and incense notes that lend a perfumed air all the way through the warm earth-tinged finish. Grenache Mourvèdre Syrah and Cinsault. Best from 2023 through 2038. ?J.M.
Marcoux's 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape?approximately 80% Grenache 10% Mourvèdre 7% Syrah and 3% Cinsault mostly aged in concrete?offers up a complex array of dried spices and garrigue ripe cherries and red berries. It's full-bodied rich and tannic but ripe with plenty of fruit to back it up and refreshing hints of licorice on the long finish. Tasted twice (once blind) with consistent notes.
The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape showed beautifully with a ripe classic Provençal bouquet of black raspberry strawberries and darker berry fruits as well as spice garrigue and pepper. Beautifully textured full-bodied yet all about finesse and elegance it?s overflowing with character and charm. It?s going to shine for 15 years with no issues.