The 2005 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Sixtine is a backwards and massively structure wine that has great levels of pure, clean fruit to go along with an incredible palate. Balanced, textured and long with substantial tannins, this wine needs some time but the purity level of the fruit is more than impressive. This was drank over a 6 hour period.
Displays superb ripeness, with raspberry and fig notes layered with alluring cocoa powder, dark licorice and sweet spice. Long and rich on the finish, this pumps out fruit and terroir in a modern-styled package. (JM)
More modern in style than the classic cuvee, yet also more youthful and lively, the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve Sixtine (50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre) is a beauty! Exhibiting plenty of sweet oak in its ripe black fruits, spice, licorice and roasted meat bouquet, it’s full-bodied, concentrated and rich, with at least another decade of prime drinking. (JD)
Ruby-red. Cherry-vanilla, cassis and mocha aromas are sharpened by dusty minerality and fresh rose. Velvety red fruit flavors display excellent depth, picking up bitter cherry and dark chocolate on the finish. Shuts down with air, suggesting that this will need some cellar time. (JR) 92+
50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre. Lieux-dits: La Crau, Rayas, Bois Lauzon, Barbe d'Asne, Les Roumiguières, Valori. 100% destemmed, temperature-controlled stainless steel, malo in concrete and 12 months in two-thirds barriques (25% new) and one-third foudres. 19,600 bottles produced. pH 3.67, RS 3.02 g/l. Blackish muddy ruby. Loose and sweet and not really trying very hard. Pretty tough to taste at the moment with chewy severe tannins.
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