After the initial oakyness had blown away an outstanding wine was revealed. Great concentration, perfect balance, very long taste and nice mouthfeel. The smell was of citrus-stone fruit with a nice touch from the oak. This was also reflected in the taste. After two days of storage in the fridge most of the charm was gone so it might be a good idea to drink this soonish.
An absolutely wonderful effort, the 2009 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Réserve Sixtine exhibits a very aromatic nose full of peach, lemon curs, apricot and red Christmas tea(!). The wine is made from 100 percent Roussanne which is very evident as soon as you taste the wine. There is a very typical viscosity and an elegant creamy oily touch, but also a very expressive oak tone - maybe due to youth? The acidity is a true plus which together with a nice overall balance tips this effort into the "lower 90-ies" for me. The end finish is a bit short, but the overall impression is truly positive.
Gargantuan nose screams Roussanne, which turns out to be the only cepage in this bottling. I was reminded of Stolpman’s L’Avion, although I haven’t had Beaucastel’s example. Rather lowish acidity but almost as much presence in the mouth as on the nose. A curiosity, but a delicious one.
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