($800; for 1.5 liters; 100% grenache from 102-year-old vines) Vivid ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed bouquet of raspberry and blackberry, rose and Asian spices, with a suave mineral undertone. Bright, focused red fruit flavors are deeply concentrated but pinot-like in their delicacy and balance; sweetness mounts and a floral quality emerges on the back half. Really impressive for its clarity and focus. Finishes spicy, mineral-driven and very long.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: January/February 2010
Wine Spectator | Rating: 97
Pure and velvety, with an alluring raspberry ganache note that drives the blackberry, hoisin sauce, mesquite and incense flavors through the superlong finish. Shows plenty of density, but stays suave and almost light on its feet, with plenty of buried graphite and pastis in reserve. A beautiful combination of power and finesse.
Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 100
The largest scaled of the three, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum offers a 2009-like level of decadence, yet is more dense, concentrated and thick, with a massive mid-palate and texture that has nothing out of place. Boasting off-the-chart aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, ground pepper, melted licorice, loamy soil and exotic spice, it's another desert island wine, in a lineup of desert island wines. Given that there are so few of these to go around, and that it's bottled only in magnum, I know it's difficult to open bottles, but don't wait too long, as all three are insanely good - even today.