RIP: Marcel Juge

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RIP: Marcel Juge

#1 Post by ryancurry » October 28th, 2019, 2:16 pm

I just heard that Marcel passed away on the 14th of August. He was an icon in Cornas. He made really unique and beautifully expressive wines in the small cellar under his home. He will be missed.
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#2 Post by c fu » October 28th, 2019, 2:18 pm

Man. Rip. Wish I had the chance to visit him.
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#3 Post by Ian Dorin » October 28th, 2019, 2:26 pm

Ugh. Such terrible news. Thanks for sharing Ryan.
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#4 Post by Yao C » October 28th, 2019, 2:54 pm

End of an era! RIP
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#5 Post by D@ve D y r 0 f f » October 28th, 2019, 3:12 pm

RIP...

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#6 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 28th, 2019, 3:15 pm

Left quite a mark on the region. RIP.
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#7 Post by Mike S. » October 28th, 2019, 3:33 pm

an ICON. RIP
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#8 Post by Chris Seiber » October 28th, 2019, 3:41 pm

He is the standard by which future Cornas winemakers will be juged.

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#9 Post by Markus S » October 29th, 2019, 5:10 am

Chris Seiber wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 3:41 pm
He is the standard by which future Cornas winemakers will be juged.
I thought that was Noel Verset?
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#10 Post by Jonathan Loesberg » October 29th, 2019, 7:50 am

For what it's worth, a search of French avis de déces shows that he died on August 14 (unless there is more than one Marcel Juge in Cornas).

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#11 Post by Kelly Walker » October 29th, 2019, 8:16 am

Chris Seiber wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 3:41 pm
He is the standard by which future Cornas winemakers will be juged.
Nice play on words.

Sad to hear.
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#12 Post by EricG » October 29th, 2019, 8:55 am

Very sad news. He didn’t get much of a retirement. A legend.
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#13 Post by ryancurry » October 29th, 2019, 9:42 am

Jonathan Loesberg wrote:
October 29th, 2019, 7:50 am
For what it's worth, a search of French avis de déces shows that he died on August 14 (unless there is more than one Marcel Juge in Cornas).

You're correct. I misread the text I received. Will update original post.
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#14 Post by Jayson Cohen » October 29th, 2019, 4:11 pm

RIP. Just seeing this and a shiver went up my spine.

With his passing I think all of the Northern Rhône winemakers who had a direct connection with the late 19th and early 20th Century vignerons that lived into Marcel’s youth are now gone. Truly the end of an era.

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#15 Post by Marty L. » October 29th, 2019, 4:32 pm

Every wine geek carries in their memory bottles that left an indelible mark. For me one of them was the 97 Juge Cuvée C that Greg Dal Piaz shared with me and Jayson at a long since closed restaurant on the West Side (@sqc). That had to be in 05 or 06, but the impression of that bottle (Juge at its most “Burgundian”) is fresh as ever.
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#16 Post by Jayson Cohen » October 29th, 2019, 4:44 pm

Marty L. wrote:
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Every wine geek carries in their memory bottles that left an indelible mark. For me one of them was the 97 Juge Cuvée C that Greg Dal Piaz shared with me and Jayson at a long since closed restaurant on the West Side (@sqc). That had to be in 05 or 06, but the impression of that bottle (Juge at its most “Burgundian”) is fresh as ever.
Yep. One of mine is also bringing the ‘96 Cuvée C to also-long-gone Cendrillon in SoHo for a dinner with Joe Dougherty and maybe Mike Dasche in 2001-ish. On tasting it, Joe said with a very SFJoe expression: “Oh shit, that’s good.”

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#17 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 29th, 2019, 5:07 pm

EricG wrote:
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Very sad news. He didn’t get much of a retirement. A legend.

His retirement was making craft wine on a much smaller scale than before. I think he was doing exactly what he wanted to be doing, for as long as he could. A life well lived.
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#18 Post by ryancurry » October 29th, 2019, 5:23 pm

I love all the stories. I ordered a bottle of 2010 around 2013 after reading about the wines. All my previous reading about Cornas made it seem as thought the wines were extremely wild and feral, needing a lot of time in the cellar to mellow out. Marcel's wines sounded different. I opened that first bottle of 2010 Cornas and was smitten. It was so expressive. Wild on the nose, yet elegant and so light on the palate. It may not qualitatively be the best wine made in Cornas, but it is the wine that I most enjoy. I went out and bought all I could of subsequent vintages. It didn't end up being much because supply get really tight after the 2012's were released. Two years ago I was able to visit Marcel for the first and only time. I was able to purchase 6 bottles of his 2015 Cornas which he labeled himself. He was looking around for some old Cuvee SC labels to label them with as a joke but couldn't find them in the end. They received the regular labels. I hand carried them back to the states. No time seems right to open them. Perhaps with my kids down the line if they show an interest in wine.
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#19 Post by Neal.Mollen » October 29th, 2019, 5:27 pm

Never had one. Likely never will. Sad to lose an artisan.
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#20 Post by Marshall Gelb » October 30th, 2019, 12:36 pm

Enjoyed many of his bottles in the past. He will certainly be missed. RIP.

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