2003 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Sixtine

MY TASTING NOTES

Beautiful dense purple colour, full bodied flavours of black raspberries, cherries and cassis.  Aromas of liquorice and bitter chocolate with touch spice in the finish.

REVIEWS

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
A great 2003 that is aging at a glacial pace, the 2003 Cuvee du Vatican Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Sixtine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and the rest assorted varieties. Aged in 30% new barrel and the balance in foudre, it certainly possesses a modern slant, yet easily holds on to its southern Rhone roots. Youthful and lively, with big black currant, steak tartar, white chocolate, truffle and graphite on the nose, it flows seamlessly onto the palate and deliver layers of fruit, beautiful purity and perfectly ripe tannin that emerge on the finish. Seriously well put together and endowed, it will continue to thrill for another decade. Oak adverse readers should give bottles another 2-3 years of bottle age.

SCORED ~ 95 Points From Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

FOOD PAIRING ~ Roasted Beef

VALUE ~ $90.00

COUNTRY ~France

REGION ~ Rhône

PRODUCER ~ Cuvée du Vatican

GRAPE VARIETY ~ Red Rhone Blend

COLOUR ~ Red

VINTAGE ~ 2003

TYPE OF BOTTLE CLOSURE ~ Cork

SIZE ~ 750 ml

WINE FAMILY ~ Full-Bodied And Smooth

SERVING TEMPERATURE ~ Between 16°C And 18°