This blend of 45% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre is the full expression of the land, the grapes and the care and attention lavished upon it. It will grow and develop with cellaring and the years of aging will take away none of its depth and delicate finesse.
"The brilliant 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Sixtine (a blend of 45% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre aged in small barrels of which less than 10% is new) reveals a darker deep purple color with a vague hint of vanillin in the background. Blackberry, cassis, kirsch, licorice and Provencal herb characteristics dominate the explosive aromatics. Atypically approachable for this cuvee (which is usually meant for long term aging), the 2009 possesses a savory, broad, saturated mouthfeel with a well-integrated tannic structure providing current accessibility. Nevertheless, it will drink well for 15-20 years."
The Wine Advocate
"Dark ruby. Aromas of cherry and black raspberry are complemented by floral and smoky qualities. Round, plaint and expansive, with very good heft and bracing zesty acidity to its sappy dark fruit flavors. Shows very good clarity and cut on the finish, with the berry note repeating. This fruit-driven wine is already quite appealing. "
International Wine Cellar
"Silky and long, with nicely woven layers of fig, boysenberry, cassis and pastis flavors that pick up hints of black tea and iron on the very suave finish. There's also solid length, thanks to well-embedded acidity. Best from 2013 through 2020."