2001 Cuvée du Vatican "Réserve Sixtine" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The special cuvee, the stunning 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Sixtine, is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre aged in equal parts small barrels and neutral wood foudres. An elegant effort with freshness yet tremendous power and flavor intensity, it is a full-bodied, layered, provocative 2001 with exceptional depth as well as richness. While the tannin levels are high, there are even higher levels of concentration and fruit. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 15-20. This brilliant wine should ultimately be even better than my lofty score suggests. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+. One of the appellation’s young, dynamic revolutionaries, Jean-Marc Diffonty, has produced his finest Chateauneuf du Papes to date. Additionally, prices remain modest for what’s in the bottle. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre) Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, bitter chocolate, violet, mint and spicy oak on the nose; intriguing suggestions of mourvedre. At once dense and penetrating, with rather oaky flavors of blackberry, violet and eucalyptus. Finishes with a hint of leather... (ST)
Elegant and refined, balancing some spicy oak, tar, toasted bread and grilled meat with some ripe and sweet fruit. Full-bodied, it coats the palate, delivering lots of firm but opulent tannins.