Rhone Blend - Red

2011

CDP VATICAN SIXTINE 11 .750

Rhone Blend - Red

750 ML

Regular Price: $69.99

Special Price $44.99

Product Description

Grapes varieties: 40% Grenache - 35% Mourvèdre - 25% Syrah

Wine making: Traditional hand picked into small crates and sorted by hand. Fermented in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Classic winemaking style with punching and delestage. Aged in tanks and oak barrels with light filtration.

Terroir: Sand and clay, clayish limestone, clayish limestone with rounded

pebbles.

Food pairing: Red meats, game, poultry, lamb, Mediterranean influenced dishes.

Cellar and drink from 2013 to 2023 / 7700 bottles produced.

 

The top wine (formerly called the Reserve Sixtine), the 2011 Cuvee Sixtine Chateauneuf du Pape is the best of the 2011s and an interesting blend of 40% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre and 25% Syrah that was aged 60% in barrels. Beautifully concentrated, with toast, pepper, earth and blackberry-driven aromas and flavors, it flows onto the palate with a medium to full-bodied, concentrated and rich texture that is decidedly un-2011 like. Beautifully done and a rock-solid wine in the vintage, it should have a decade of longevity. Drink 2014-2021.

~Robert Parker - 91 points

Stephen Tanzer - 91 points

Details

Varietal: Rhone Blend - Red

Region: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Region Description:

(shah toe nuf doo pahp)—Situated on the sun-baked southern reaches of the Rhone Valley, this appellation grows a great number of grape varieties, but is best known for its full-bodied dry reds. As many as thirteen different kinds of grape can end up in one bottle, although most vintners use only three or four, especially Syrah, Mourvédre, and Grenache.