domaine de marcoux, chateauneuf-du-pape 2016
Crushed-mineral tones and heady garrigue mingle into rich, throbbing black-cherry and plum flavors in this wine. It’s a brawny, bigbodied red with a densely packed fruit profile and fine but fiery tannins. Hold till 2021. It should improve well through 2030. Eric Solomon Selections. Cellar Selection.
Noticeably darker in color than the 2015, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a bigger, richer wine and offers lots of ripe black cherry, currants and garrigue aromatics, full-bodied richness, substantial tannin, and a blockbuster finish. This 2016 checks in as 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah, aged primarily in concrete, yet with 10% in oak tanks. Buy a case, you won’t regret it.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah, aged predominantly in concrete and foudre. Biodynamically farmed and traditionally made, it reached 15.5% alcohol, which shows a bit in the wine's size and slight warmth. It's full-bodied, rich and velvety, with bold black cherry fruit, hints of clove and cola and a long, savory-spicy finish. I'd opt for drinking it over the next 6-7 years.