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Cuvée du Vatican

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2016 Cuvée du Vatican  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 89

Medium bodied, with a salty accent to the garrigue dusted, crisp, red fruits. This should drink well young. The wine is made using 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

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2015 Cuvée du Vatican  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 88

Medium bodied, forward and perfect for early drinking pleasure, the fruit is soft, with sweetness and herbs in the finish.

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2014 Cuvée du Vatican  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 87

Medium bodied, correct, forward, clean and focused on fresh, red fruits and spice for early drinking.

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2013 Cuvée du Vatican  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 87

Medium bodied, forward, correct red berry dominated wine for uncomplicated drinking.

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2012 Cuvée du Vatican  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 88

Spicy and fresh, the kirsch flavors show off its essence of Grenache.

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2011 Cuvée du Vatican  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 86

Easy drinking and forward in style, enjoy this, bright, red berry focused wine young.

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2010 Cuvée du Vatican  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Earthy, forest floor, kirsch, animal and smoked meat aromas get you interested in the wine. Soft, round and chewy, the wine ends with ripe, black cherries. This is a screaming value!

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Earthy, forest floor, kirsch, animal and smoked meat aromas get you interested in the wine. Soft, round and chewy, the wine ends with ripe, black cherries.

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2009 Cuvée du Vatican Réserve Sixtine  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Forward and open, with just a hint of oak in the nose, the wine is plush, juicy, ripe and round, with lots of sweet black and dark red fruits, licorice and herbs. Drink now for pleasure. Age it for complexity.

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2007 Cuvée du Vatican Réserve Sixtine  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Served blind, popped and poured, scents of licorice, jammy plums, truffle, earth and kirsch were in full force. Concentrated, rich and full bodied, there was a touch of heat in the finish.

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Vatican Sixtine remains one of my Chateauneuf du Papes. Who can complain when a winery blends fair prices with good quality? This big, powerful, rich, ripe wine is filled with dark jammy berries, fresh cracked pepper, raspberries, earthy aromas, supple textures and a long finish.

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2006 Cuvée du Vatican Réserve Sixtine  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

Tight, bright and not nearly as much fun to taste as the 2007, which were both served blind. This is a nice Chateauneuf du Pape, but for my palate, it would be hard to get excited about it.

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Deep in color, with licorice, blackberry, earth, spice and garrigue, the wine felt rich with its round, open style. I imagine it will only get better over the next few years. Modern in style and a lot of fun to taste.

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2005 Cuvée du Vatican Réserve Sixtine  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

It's still a bit oaky, which is not something I really want in a Chateauneuf du Pape, especially one that is 10 years or older, but there is so much, ripe, sweet, lush kirsch, spice and freshly cracked black pepper, which is all made better with its round, plush textures, I can forgive it. I am not sure this is going to get better, but it's really fine today.

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2003 Cuvée du Vatican Réserve Sixtine  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

Produced from incredibly low yields ranging from 17 to 25 hectoliters per hectare, this rich, intense, powerful, plush style of Chateauneuf du Pape remains deeply colored. With a nose packed with fennel, jammy blackberry, blue fruit, pepper, herbs, spice, griotte and smoke, the wine slides from the glass, filling your palate with pleasure. It's big, rich and packed, yet everything is in balance. There is no sensation of heat from the 15.7% alcohol. Vatican Sixtine remains one of the best values in a world of increasing prices. I'd drink this over the next 5 years to preserve its freshness and fruit.

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2001 Cuvée du Vatican Réserve Sixtine  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Black pepper, plums, dark cherries, jammy black raspberries and kirsch aromas make way for a concentrated, rich, mouthful of ripe Grenache. This is drinking great today.

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1998 Cuvée du Vatican Réserve Sixtine  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Fully mature, with an earthy, peppery, garrigue, truffle and kirsch nose, the wine is full bodied, fleshy, long and ready for prime time drinking. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre, which explains its longevity.

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1985 Cuvée du Vatican  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 75

Tart red fruit is the name of the game here. The wine is crisp and sharp, with biting acidity. Better on the nose than on the palate, this requires consumption.

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