The weekly zoom group wants da Juge so I offered the Juge. 2010-2015 Marcel Juge tasting - 6 vintage vertical.
My preferences are listed in descending order from favorite to least favorite. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
But in general what more needs to be said about the wines of Marcel Juge? Elegant wild - like a wilding with a suit on. There’s tones of grace and subtly in the wine but with a constant brimming undertone savory spice that runs along all the vintages.
2010 Marcel Juge Cornas - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas (5/11/2020)
2010 Marcel Juge! One of my favorite juges. The combination of cool acid, feral notes, bold and exciting fruit wrapped up in a shimmering robe of spice and resolved tannin. It’s simply unique from the other ones due to how bright and lively the wine is while still showing the secondary meaty and spiced tones of cornas. Yum yum. Been drinking these too often. Gotta start holding off
2014 Marcel Juge Cornas - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas (5/11/2020)
The 2014 Marcel Juge has been a delight from release. A beautiful lush fragrance of spicy, cedar, soft round red fruit resonate from the glass. The palate shines with precise fruit clarity and a soft plush acidity. Absolute elegance in a glass.
2012 Marcel Juge Cornas - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas (5/11/2020)
2012 Marcel Juge. The wine that got me into Juge.
I distinctly remember that night. Rick had organized a dinner at Kinjiro (or its predecessor) back in 2016 and I was unsure if I was going to go. I knew Ryan was going and he told me he was bringing a 2012 Allemand Reynard (i has only had allemand twice before then but both distinctive) and a small not widely known producer 2012 Marcel Juge. So curious about the wines I joined the dinner. I was absolutely blown away by both. From that day on I started gobbling up every stray Allemand and Juge I could find (even at that dinner I remember buying a case of 2008 and a case of 2011 reynard from justin rutherford). So in case the world doesn’t know who to blame - it’s ryan. (he also turned me onto roulot 13 years ago!)
On this particular day the 2012 was very good. It is holding a bit in reserve but it has great power and depth. It hits all the check marks you want for a classic Juge but at an above average level. It’s holding back just enough that you know when it hits it’s apex it’s going to be excellent. Lots of chewy animalistic dark red fruit, spice and grippy mouthfeel right now.
2011 Marcel Juge Cornas - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas (5/11/2020)
The 2011s have always held back something in reserve. Far more structured and brooding than the vintages surrounding it. But when they get air and unfurl the depth of fruit is quite nice. Black pepper and olive emerge on the finish. The profile is darker weightier fruit opposed to the 10,12,14 ahead of it with a touch of tannic grip. Still really good but it is the one that needs the most time to express itself.
2015 Marcel Juge Cornas - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas (5/11/2020)
wine is fully stuck on its solar ness of 2015 like a lot of other Northern Rhone producers are. It took a significant amount of time to shed even an ounce of its ripeness and shimmer. Could really benefit from a 8+ hour decant like its brethren.
2013 Marcel Juge Cornas - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas (5/11/2020)
the drama filled release that never made it to the official importer thanks to some unscrupulous dealings by the group that purchased the 2013 vintage from Marcel
The nose on this wine was glorious. Maybe the best nose of the night. Filled with saddle wood, olive spice, little sweet ripe red berries in an intoxicating and powerful perfume.
But. It tasted like sewer water. Or at least what I assume sewer water tastes like as I’ve never actually tasted sewer water. That infection laden profile never really disappeared and got more and more powerful. This is something I’ve noticed on some random Marcel Juge. It never matches the nose, it’s only on the palate. It’s been on roughly 4 different vintages that I can remember. Wonder what causes it.