2012 Marcel Juge Cornas #166286486
Based on 15 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 91 points Vinous "Ruby-red. Aromas of ripe red and dark berries, violet, peppery spices, smoked meat and leather. Sweet, gamy and penetrating, offering sappy raspberry, licorice, olive paste and floral pastille flavors and suggestions of raw beef and Indian spices. The meaty quality comes back on the persistent, smoke-tinged finish, which features dusty tannins and lingering spiciness. (JR)"
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About Marcel Juge
Marcel Juge's final vintage was the 2015, which showcases the power, layered complexity, and energy that characterizes his wines. His Cornas stand out for their rustic delicacy, leading with fruit and gradually unveiling earthy, spicy, and smoky mineral undertones.
Upon his official retirement in the late '90s, Juge passed most of his vineyards to his daughter, Olga. They continued to craft wine under the Olga Juge label using 80-year-old hillside parcels in Cornas, specifically the lieu-dits of "Champelrose" and "Cayret". Marcel Juge's wines are made using traditional methods, with grapes harvested by hand from steep hillside vineyards, whole cluster fermentation, and a submerged cap during fermentation.
The wines are aged for 18-24 months in old, neutral demi-muids before being bottled without filtration. The result is a gentle rusticity, with earthy, peppery, meaty, and mineral notes buried in a core of deep black fruits. These stunning examples of traditional Northern Rhône wines can be enjoyed upon release, though they also have a remarkable track record for aging.
Juge's vineyards are farmed using organic methods, and his winemaking process has remained consistent for decades. His cellars, located beneath his house in the heart of Cornas, offer a glimpse into Rhône's rich history. As a true icon of the Northern Rhône, Marcel Juge's legacy will endure, as will the extraordinary aging potential of his exquisite wines.