A blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 15% Mourvèdre, the modern styled 2007 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Sixtine is a beauty. Showing similar to how it did on release, with creamy blackberry, cassis, licorice, and classy French oak, this full-bodied, Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a seamless, voluptuous texture, superb balance, and a focused, elegant feel. It’s very modern and really shows a sheen of oak at the moment, but I have no doubt this will continue to integrate over the coming 3-4 years. It should have upwards of two decades of prime drinking.
I loved the 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape Réserve Sixtine, and this is probably the finest example of this cuvee since the 2003. Made from 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre, destemmed and aged in a mix of foudre, old barrels and small amounts of new barrels, it offers terrific purity in its black raspberry and cassis fruits, melted licorice and cured meat aromas and flavors. With full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate density and no hard edges, it’s a joy to drink today but will certainly keep for another decade or more. (JD)
Lush and inviting, with crushed plum, currant and blackberry fruit flavors laid over velvety tannins. The long, graphite- and licorice-filled finish glides along beautifully, with solid grip in reserve. (JM)
Vivid ruby. Powerful, ripe scents of red and dark berry compote, cola, licorice and fruitcake. Broad, sweet dark berry flavors show a distinctly warm, liqueur-like personality but betray no rough edges. This has put on considerable weight since last year and displays the warm side of this vintage. The finish is creamy, sweet and very long, with echoes of cassis and mulberry. For its size and volume I find it surprisingly lively. (JR)
Interesting herbal perfume. Lush and rich – all pleasure, and alcohol, though the tannins seem lighter than in many wines. The acidity is more pronounced than the tannin. 17.5/20 points (JR)
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