2015

ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE

Note : 89

Only medium-bodied and a bit stewed and soft, Mourchon’s 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah, sourced from five different growers. Plum and licorice notes offer immediate appeal, despite plentiful tannins. Drink it over the near term.


WINE SPECTATOR

Note : 90

Solidly ripe, with fleshy layers of cassis, plum sauce and blackberry puree forming the core, backed by lively red licorice and warm fruitcake notes. Singed alder details frame the finish. Best from 2019 through 2028. 250 cases made. –JM


JANCIS ROBINSON

Note : 16/20

70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, all 60 to 80 years old bought in from sandy parcels on Le Crau. 70% aged in demi muids, the rest in concrete. 25-30 hl/ha. Not nearly as much impact on the nose as the Family Reserve – although it is less evolved. Correct but a little timid and the fruit could be a little fresher and more vibrant. Ticks the boxes dutifully but give me the sheer drama of the Family Reserve any day! Fairly dry rater than luscious finish.

2013

WINE SPECTATOR

Note : 90

Burly, with brick dust and tobacco notes prominent, followed by dried cherry and currant fruit flavors. Shows a grippy edge to the finish, which lets a sanguine accent linger. Best from 2017 through 2023. 250 cases made.

2012

WINE SPECTATOR

Note : 89

Offers a rounded, fleshy feel, with layers of raspberry confiture and blackberry coulis, lined with ganache and tar notes. Lightly grippy on the finish, featuring a hint of roasted alder. Solid, but shows more guts than refinement. Best from 2016 through 2022. 135 cases made.


JANCIS ROBINSON

Note : 16/20

70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah from vines 60-80 years old from La Crau and sandier soils. 70% made in demi-muids for 12 months; the rest in concrete. Négoce. Mid crimson with some development at the rim. Warm and gamey on the nose – is this the Mourvèdre dominating? Big, round and spicy, Very bumptious but the tannins are relatively light for a Châteauneuf. Extremely spicy – almost cinnamon! Just a very slight hole in the mid palate. The fruit seems quite advanced so I’d drink this reasonably soon. A bit of heat on the end.

2010

VINOUS

Note : 90

Brilliant ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of red and dark berries, anise and floral pastilles, with a hint of vanilla in the background. Supple and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering lively black raspberry and mocha flavors and a touch of peppery spices. Finishes sappy and long, with smooth tannins emerging slowly.


JEB DUNNUCK

Note : 90

A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah that is aged in demi-muid and concrete tank, the 2010 Domaine de Mourchon Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a peppery, spice-driven wine that offers up a core of sweet fruit, a light, firm texture, and solid length on the finish. Very Provencal, with a slight dry/dusty edge to its herb de Provence, garrigue, and leather aromas, this medium-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape needed a solid decant to show at its best, and really did not start to shine until the second day. It should be given 1-2 years of bottle age, and consumed over the following 5-7.


JANCIS ROBINSON

Note : 17/20

70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah. 60-80 year-old vines from a mixture of parcels on La Crau and sandy soils. 25-30 hl/ha. 30% aged in concrete; 70% in demi muids for 12 months. Négoce. Warm, spicy nose but not over the top and with excellent tannin management. This is neither dry nor hot with alcohol. Top note of gaminess. Bursting with life and approachable without being simple. Very vigorous. Really bright and satisfying. Not too sweet. Well done!

2009

WINE SPECTATOR

Note : 90

A roasted style, with lots of warm ganache and singed mesquite notes leading the way for a core of bacon, apple wood, fig and plum notes. The ripe, fleshy finish lets the ganache edge linger. A bit overt in style, but should have some fans for sure. The debut Châteauneuf from this Séguret producer. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases made.


JEB DUNNUCK

Note : 90

A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, and 10% Syrah, the 2009 Domaine de Mourchon Châteauneuf-du-Pape displays a beautifully Provencal bouquet of kirsch, bramble, green peppercorn, licorice, and dusty pebble like minerality on the nose. Intense and perfumed, yet with beautiful lift and freshness, this medium to full-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape is well balanced, possesses loads of fruit, and a light texture that carries into a heady finish. This opens up beautifully over the evening and while it will be even better in a year or two, it should most likely be consumed in its first 7-8 years of life.


JANCIS ROBINSON

Note : 16/20

70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah. Look at that alcohol level! First time this family-owned domaine has gone into the négociant business (hence the slightly different name). Big and sweet. Did it really ferment out to dryness? But there is more acid and tannin than in their Family Rserve Séguret with the same massive potency. Spices and herbs but a bit of hole in the middle. Bit of a spectacle rather than a really complete wine.