Very serviceable C9P but still not very interesting; has improved with time sideways. Optimistic for future bottles; might wait another year of two. The 2005 reserve is either more evolved or a significantly better wine.
The 2005 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape is dark garnet in colour with a nose of sweet boysenberries, jammy dark raspberries, stewed plums and wood dust.
There's a sweet entry of dark red fruits, cedar woodiness before a mid-palate of arising sweetness. There's back palate of volatile acidity and alcohol that makes the ending a little harsh. Tannins are pretty grainy contributing to a powdery texture of the wine. Medium (-) finish.
Deep purple with aromas of soil, black pepper, licorice, sage and lavender brush, dark fruits and an overall sense of youth. This is your typically awesome CDP that is drinking well now but will offer much more if you wait until at least 2016 to put into play. Open an hour and the aromatics were just starting to evolve. Great balance in the mouth as well. Damn good wine with quite an upside.
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