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Cuvée du Vatican Réserve de l'Abbé Côtes du Rhône 2018

Côtes du Rhône AOC

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  • Gold, Sunday Times Wine Club Vintage Festival, 2019
  • 90pts, Jeb Dunnuck, 2019

We’ve been fans of Jean-Marc Diffonty’s wines since the early 1990s, long before they became sought after around the world. We are delighted to bag this rich, spicy Réserve Côtes du Rhône, particularly thrilling in another great Rhône vintage.

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Tasting notes

Smooth, medium bodied, aromatic with plum and cherry fruit


Plum jam, cherries and tobacco, herbs and wood smoke

Cuvée du Vatican Réserve de l'Abbé Côtes du Rhône 2018

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  • 14.0% ABV
  • 10.5 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2023

With their wines acclaimed by critics worldwide, Diffonty is a household name in the southern Rhône. Fine wine expert and Rhône fan Robert Parker described the Diffonty family’s Cuvée du Vatican wines as “full-bodied, powerful, rich and oozing unmistakable Provençal character”. Comprising mostly Grenache supported by a little Syrah, the Réserve de l’Abbé is made by Jean-Marc with as much care and attention as he affords his top reds. Using grapes from just outside the Châteauneuf boundary, the wine was fermented in traditional wooden and also stainless steel vats before blending and bottling. It’s sumptuously aromatic with red berry and wild herb complexity. Best decanted an hour in advance, the wine’s ideal served with a hearty casserole.

"Almost a Chateauneuf! A really good example of Côtes du Rhône at a very reasonable price" Online Review
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