Cuvee du Vatican Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2009

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

$44.99
Item No. 112273
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP92
  • ST91
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2001
  • RP91

Winemaker's Notes

The true nature of this wine is expressed by its greatest virtue: simplicity. A blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre, Cinsault and other grapes, this vintage is yet another vintage that never ceases to impress.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre, Cinsault and other grapes) was given the same upbringing as the 2008. Its dark ruby/plum color is followed by sweet aromas of raspberries, black cherries, forest floor and Provencal herbs. Attractive and soft with light to moderate tannin as well as medium to full body, it should drink nicely for 10-12 years.
Range: 90-92 "
92 Points

"Ruby-red. Smoky cherry and red berry aromas, with hints of licorice and spice in the background. Spicy and focused on entry, then deeper in the mid-palate, offering juicy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors with a touch of succulent herbs. The smoky note comes back on the pungent finish, which is taut, brisk and very persistent."
91 Points

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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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