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2001 Cuvee du Vatican Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Sixtine

ITEM 8099578 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

Bidder Amount Total
Italialo… $60 $60
Item Sold Amount Date
I8099578 1 $60 Jan 30, 2022
I8031875 1 $70 Dec 19, 2021
I8010703 1 $70 Nov 28, 2021
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95Robert M. Parker Jr.

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.

91Stephen Tanzer

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.

90Wine Spectator

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.


Cuvee du Vatican

Cuvee du Vatican is a 40-acre estate in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, in the Rhone Valley. It is owned and operated by the Diffonty family, which traces its history in Rhone Valley winemaking to the 17th century. Jean-Marc Diffonty now runs the estate. Red and white wines are produced, and the red is a traditional blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre and 3% Cinsault. The white is a blend of Clairette, Roussane, Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc. Nearly 6,000 cases of red are produced annually. Robert M. Parker has written that the estate’s wines “are full-bodied, rich and oozing with an unmistakable Provencal character…”


France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.