Southern density on the nose. Strong core of flavour – discreet power but very long; connects to its terroir. Drinking Window 2020 - 2036. (JLL)
The estate’s top cuvée is the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chateau Sixtine, and it's a blend of 45% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 25% Syrah brought up mostly in older barrels, with 7% in new oak. It's more firm and focused than the sexy Cuvée du Vatican and offers lots of blackberries, black raspberry, toasted spice, licorice and garrigue aromatics. Big, rich, tannic and structured, yet gorgeously textured, give bottles 2-3 years and drink over the following decade. It bucks the vintage stereotype and offers a serious depth and richness. (JebDunnuck.com)
The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Château Sixtine is another modern styled effort that shows a touch of oak as well as lots of blackberry, black raspberries, licorice and crushed herbs. Unevolved and backwards, with beautiful concentration and sweet tannin, it will need a few years of cellaring to come together and drink well over the following 15 years or more. The blend is 45% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 25% Syrah, aged in a mix of barrels (7% new), demi-muids and concrete tanks.
Deep ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented cherry and dark berry scents, along with suggestions of vanilla, candied rose and smoky Indian spices. Fleshy and broad in the mouth, offering sappy, deeply concentrated cherry and blackberry flavors that become more lively as the wine slowly stretches out. Shows superb energy and lift on the impressively long, gently tannic finish, which leaves behind suave floral and spicecake notes.
Extremely bright fruits on the nose with pure blackberry and red plum aromas. The palate has fleshy depth and delivers a big ball of dark berry fruit flavor. Nice purity. Drink now.(NS)
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2016 Raymond Usseglio "Cuvée Impériale - Vignes Centenaires" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)