2015 Chateau Sixtine Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1306239 96 points Decanter

 Southern density on the nose. Strong core of flavour – discreet power but very long; connects to its terroir. Drinking Window 2020 - 2036. (JLL)  (3/2017)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The estate’s top cuvée is the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chateau Sixtine, and it's a blend of 45% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 25% Syrah brought up mostly in older barrels, with 7% in new oak. It's more firm and focused than the sexy Cuvée du Vatican and offers lots of blackberries, black raspberry, toasted spice, licorice and garrigue aromatics. Big, rich, tannic and structured, yet gorgeously textured, give bottles 2-3 years and drink over the following decade. It bucks the vintage stereotype and offers a serious depth and richness. (JebDunnuck.com)  (10/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Château Sixtine is another modern styled effort that shows a touch of oak as well as lots of blackberry, black raspberries, licorice and crushed herbs. Unevolved and backwards, with beautiful concentration and sweet tannin, it will need a few years of cellaring to come together and drink well over the following 15 years or more. The blend is 45% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 25% Syrah, aged in a mix of barrels (7% new), demi-muids and concrete tanks.  (10/2016)

92-94 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented cherry and dark berry scents, along with suggestions of vanilla, candied rose and smoky Indian spices. Fleshy and broad in the mouth, offering sappy, deeply concentrated cherry and blackberry flavors that become more lively as the wine slowly stretches out. Shows superb energy and lift on the impressively long, gently tannic finish, which leaves behind suave floral and spicecake notes.  (3/2017)

92 points James Suckling

 Extremely bright fruits on the nose with pure blackberry and red plum aromas. The palate has fleshy depth and delivers a big ball of dark berry fruit flavor. Nice purity. Drink now.(NS)  (8/2017)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape