2009 Cuvee du Vatican Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Sixtine Reserve

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 91
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"Silky and long, with nicely woven layers of fig, boysenberry, cassis and pastis that pick up hints of black tea and iron on the very suave finish. There’s solid length, thanks to well-embedded acidity. Best from 2013 through 2020." (WS)

"The brilliant 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Sixtine (a blend of 45% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre aged in small barrels of which less than 10% is new) reveals a darker deep purple color with a vague hint of vanillin in the background. Blackberry, cassis, kirsch, licorice and Provencal herb characteristics dominate the explosive aromatics. Atypically approachable for this cuvee (which is usually meant for long term aging), the 2009 possesses a savory, broad, saturated mouthfeel with a well-integrated tannic structure providing current accessibility. Nevertheless, it will drink well for 15-20 years.

These are two very strong vintages from the Diffonty family (among the oldest estate bottlers in the appellation). The 2010s may be one of the finest vintages the Diffonty family has yet made." (WA)

"Deep ruby. Dark berries and cherry compote on the nose, plus a hint of dried violet. Seamless dark berry flavors are joined by notes of bitter cherry and dark chocolate, accented by building smokiness. Echoes the cherry and smoky notes on a long, sappy, gently spicy finish. I like this wine's blend of richness and energy." (IWC)