2011 Manus Dei Sixtine Chateauneuf Du Pape
black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, violet, oak, smoke, toast and vanilla
vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper and mint
"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.
"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
"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
"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.