2010 Cuvée du Vatican "Château Sixtine" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chateau Sixtine Chateauneuf du Pape performed exquisitely and, again, was one of the top wines of the vintage. With better integration of the new oak than I have previously seen from Jean-Marc Diffonty, this wine's opaque ruby/purple color possesses lots of licorice, asphalt, graphite, blackberry and kirsch notes as well as hints of lavender, forest floor and garrigue. This opulent, full-bodied effort is approachable, but it will not hit its full stride for another 2-4 years. It should drink well for 15-20 years thereafter.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Glass-staining ruby. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes dark berry preserves, incense, licorice and candied flowers. Stains the palate with sweet, pliant blackberry and cassis flavors. Closes on a sappy note, with resonating spiciness and lingering dark berry qualities. Note the name change from 'Reserve Sixtine' to 'Chateau Sixtine' that will take place as of the 2010 vintage.
Blackish crimson. Fresh fruit on the nose. So sweet and round and rich but with raciness. Great stuff! Very dramatic. Very distinctive. Long.