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Château Sixtine Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2018

Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC

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  • Gold, Concours General Agricole de Paris, 2020
  • 94pts, Jeb Dunnuck, 2021
  • 93pts, Decanter, 2021

Jean-Marc Diffonty’s flagship red is a rich, opulent, no holds barred style of Châteauneuf. The intensity and complexity of red berry and dark fruit, with a rich seam of spice, is impressive. A 97-point red from this intensely flavoured vintage.

Jean-Marc Diffonty’s flagship red is a rich, opulent, no holds barred style of Châteauneuf. The intensity and complexity of red berry and dark fruit, with a rich seam of spice, is impressive. A 97-point red from this intensely flavoured vintage.

Beyond the Label

Tasting notes

Still very young, full of intense fruit and sweet velvety tannins

Aroma

Blackberry and raspberry, with liquorice, herb and oak notes

Château Sixtine Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2018

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  • 15.5% ABV
  • 11.63 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2030

Robert Parker loves this domaine’s “powerful, rich, in your face style of wine”. That just describes the estate’s standard Châteauneuf. Having said that, this is no blockbuster, but has elegance, length and balance. This is fourth generation Jean-Marc Diffonty’s flagship red. He selects the finest Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah from the oldest (100+ years) vines, then ages the wine for a year in oak, 7% of that new, to craft a consistently brilliant red that attracts awards every year. 2018 was another terrific vintage for the Rhône, producing wines of power and freshness. Despite its 15.5% alcohol, it's an elegant wine that will cellar magnificently. If you can’t wait, decant two hours before serving, so all its rich flavours open out.

"Full-bodied wine that delivers all the Provençal flavors promised; dried spices and dark chocolate" Joe Czerwinski
Wine Advocate, 93 points
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