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Sub-$35 Sixtine ‘16 Chateauneuf - 97-Point Potential for Under $35 - 02/20/2018 - Rhone Valley

Former Wine Advocate reviewer, Jeb Dunnuck, was absolutely bowled over by the superlative 2016 Château Sixtine Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In his glowing review, he notes that it’s akin to the 2003 version, which he awarded a top score of 97-points, but added that this 2016 version “improved” when compared to that iconic ‘03. Given this, it’s not stretch to say it very well could be the best ever from this highly regarded estate. A historic vintage, big press and points, and best-ever potential are all excellent reasons to buy, but when you add in a best-in-the-market price of $34.99, you have a can’t miss opportunity. We’ve seen some pretty awesome CdPs of late, but this one stopped us in our tracks. Anytime we’ve carried a 97-point CdP from the Wine Advocate, it’s sold in an instant. Dunnuck’s assessment carries a ton of weight with us and it should with you, as he is undoubtedly the leading critic of Rhône wines today. The Château Sixtine will be a great addition to any cellar will amaze for many years to come.

2016 Chateau Sixtine Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($34.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "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, its going to keep for two decades." (08/2018)

92-94 points Vinous: "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)" (07/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "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)" (10/2017)