Cuvee du Vatican Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2005

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

$36.99
Item No. 91465
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP92
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2001
  • RP91

Winemaker's Notes

"The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape is inky blue/purple in color, full-bodied, structured, with noticeable acidity, high tannin, and a Bordeaux-like structure. This is a backward, formidably endowed Chateauneuf du Pape that is going to take 5-6 years to round into shape, and last for 15 or more years. This is one more estate that has come back strong because of a change in generations with the young, competent Jean-Marc Diffonty replacing his father, one of the grumpy but personality-filled characters of Chateauneuf du Pape. Yet from a winemaking standpoint, the father was inflexible and unwilling to change. Diffonty has lower yields and introduced a new blend, the Reserve Sixtine which is a blend of 50% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre, the latter two components spending time in small oak barrels."
-Wine Advocate 90-92

Learn About Cuvee du Vatican

Jean-Marc Diffonty is the 4th generation at the domain and has been responsible, since his father Félician Diffonty left the charge in 1993. Félician Diffonty was the mayor of Chateauneuf du Pape 1965-1995 and it was him who in 1958 named the domaine Cuvée du Vatican - with blessings by the pope! In 1996 Jean Marc was made president of the Young Winemakers of Châteauneuf du Pape.

Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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