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2001 Cuvée Félicien Diffonty et Fils du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape SixtineReserve

  • 95 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47356-2001-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($45; a blend of 40% grenache, 30% syrah and 30% mourvedre) Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, bitter chocolate, violet, mint and spicy oak on the nose; intriguing suggestions of mourvedre. At once dense and penetrating, with rather oaky flavors of blackberry, violet and eucalyptus. Finishes with a hint of leather, but also a slight dryness from the wood element. (Wines of France, Mountainside, NJ)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Elegant and refined, balancing some spicy oak, tar, toasted bread and grilled meat with some ripe and sweet fruit. Full-bodied, it coats the palate, delivering lots of firm but opulent tannins.
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The special cuvee, the stunning 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Sixtine, is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre aged in equal parts small barrels and neutral wood foudres. An elegant effort with freshness yet tremendous power and flavor intensity, it is a full-bodied, layered, provocative 2001 with exceptional depth as well as richness. While the tannin levels are high, there are even higher levels of concentration and fruit. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 15-20. This brilliant wine should ultimately be even better than my lofty score suggests.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2008-2011
    Author: Jerry
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drinking beautifully right now. Tannins well-integrated. Smoked meat, bacon on palate, licorice, sage, garrigue. Great balance. Had with grilled leg of lamb....40 second finish!
    Author: mike1054

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 246 bottles owned
  • 63 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 63 collectors)