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2011 Manus Dei Sixtine Chateauneuf Du PapeBlend from France

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"Very dark purplish crimson. Good energy and depth here. Not enormous concentration but at least some distinction. Racy and satisfying though with some greenness. Drink from 20...

  • 91-93 Jeb Dunnuck - The Rhone Report
  • 90 Wine Spectator
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91-93

"Formerly known as the base Cuvee du Vatican Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the 2011 Chateau Sixtine Chateauneuf-du-Pape Monus Dei is a serious 2011 that has uncommon richness and length. It sports an inky purple color to go with fantastic aromatics of black and red raspberry jam, licorice, graphite, and pepper. Medium to full-bodied, supple, and polished, yet also with juicy acidity, good mid-palate concentration, and ripe tannin, this outstanding effort will benefit from short term cellaring, and have 10-12 years or ultimate longevity. Very well done and worth checking out." (10/12)

90 Wine Spectator

"Sleek, with good cut to the linzer torte and damson plum fruit flavors, while mouthwatering singed anise and wood spice fill in the background. A licorice note hangs on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 4,000 cases made. -JM" (10/13)

Product Description:

"Very dark purplish crimson. Good energy and depth here. Not enormous concentration but at least some distinction. Racy and satisfying though with some greenness. Drink from 2016 to 2026. - JR" - 16.5 out of 20 Points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages.

Wine:
"This wine is a deep crimson colour. From the initial nose, the aromas are intense, offering unrivalled finesse and purity and explosions of crisp red berries, such as strawberries and cherries. A first impression of subtlety, slightly closed but delicately full-bodied. Soft and delicious on the palate, elegant, long and velvety, the wine is powerful and structured, with unrivalled persistence on the finish." - Winery

Vinification/Maturing:
"Traditional grapes hand-picked and sorted de-stalked - long vatting time in temperature-regulated stainless steel tanks - Fermentation between 26-28 degrees with regular pumping-over. Wine not fined, filtered on Kieselguhr (calcined diatomaceous earth). 60% aged in large oak barrels, 40% in old barrels for 12 months." - Winery

Weather Conditions:
"There was some good rainfall during the autumn to fill up the water table followed by a cold winter with consecutive nights of frost in January and February. Then came a rainy spring, while summer 2010, was very dry, with the lowest rainfall since 1871! What a record. However, there were some cool nights, particularly in August, which delayed the harvest period until late September 2010. This led to an excellent anthocyanin and polyphenol synthesis." - Winery

This wine was also rated 88 Points by the International Wine Cellar.

Product Detail

Item # 79183
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-Region Chateauneuf du Pape
Ratings

91-93 - Jeb Dunnuck - The Rhone Report

90 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2011
Color Red
ABV 14.5%
Varietal(s) Grenache / Garnacha, Syrah / Shiraz, Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, violet, oak, smoke, toast and vanilla
Nose vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper and mint