Cuvee du Vatican Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2010

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

$39.99
Item No. 118944
  • red wine
  • RP89
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2001
  • RP91

Winemaker's Notes

The true nature of this wine is expressed by its greatest virtue: simplicity. This is a richly flavored and well balanced wine.

Decant into a carafe when planning to drink it young with grilled breast of duck, roast beef or roast goose. After a few years of aging, this wine will be a delicious accompaniment to venison, leg oflamb and all varietals of cheese.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2010 Cuvee du Vatican Chateauneuf du Pape, a sleeper of the vintage, offers delicious black currant and black cherry fruit intermixed with tobacco leaf, licorice, lavender and spice box characteristics. This is a forward, attractive, full-bodied, richly fruity, seductive 2010."
89 Points

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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