2001 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Sixtine (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Red Wine, Rhône, Southern Rhône

Not nearly as good as the 2000 Sixtine, I thought. Unlike the 2000 which has some nice balance, this wine seems a little off-kilter. The tannins were too pronounced and slightly drying, and although there is a bunch of dark blackberry fruit underneath, I don’t think the fruit will outlive the tannins.

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One thought on “2001 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Sixtine (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)”

  1. Shannon says:

    I agree with you on this wine. The balance was just off although it had the right components. One of the 01s that probably won't continue to improve with age.

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