The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château Sixtine is the finest vintage of this cuvée ever made, surpassing the 2003, 2007, and 2010. Deep purple/ruby-colored, with a full-bodied, deep, powerful bouquet of blackcurrants, ground pepper, crushed violets, and spice, it's full-bodied, has a voluptuous, powerful texture, sweet tannin, and a great, great finish, all while staying light and graceful. A blend of 50% Grenache and 25% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, it’s going to keep for two decades.
Sappy and intense, with a terrific beam of dark plum, boysenberry and blackberry fruit. The long finish shows a gorgeous graphite underpinning while flashes of Turkish coffee, licorice snap and roasted apple wood fill in. Great energy. Best from 2020 through 2040.—J.M.
Lurid ruby-red. Powerful red berry liqueur and Asian spice aromas open with air and pick up suggestions of succulent flowers and smoky minerals. Intense, palate-staining, appealingly sweet raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors are lifted and sharpened by a jolt of white pepper. At once vibrant and concentrated, finishing extremely long and delivering powerful red fruit thrust, supple tannins and lingering florality. (JR)
Sixtine continues to do a solid job with its flagship bottling. The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape, a blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and 25% Syrah, delivers notes of apricot, cherries, leather and dried spices, ample palate presence and a lush, creamy texture. It finishes with hints of dried fruit and chocolate, so I'd opt for drinking it in its first decade while it retains some freshness. (JC)
50% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah. Cask sample. Sumptuous, succulent red fruit on the nose. Lovely savoury note on the palate lending gravitas without severity. Well-integrated tannin. This has poise and power but not too much density, making it drinkable early. Drink now through 2044. 17.5/20 Points (RH)
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2016 Domaine de la Charbonnière "Les Hautes Brusquieres - Cuvèe Spéciale" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)