2001 Cuvee du Vatican Chateauneuf du Pape
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France
 
WB Rating: 83

 
Alcohol by volume: 15.0%
Price at time of purchase: $12.99 (Premier Cru)
 
Type: Rhone
Principal varietal(s): Chateauneuf blend

I got a case of this wine 6 or 8 years ago and, at least in its youth, found it an attractive value with good depth and clean dark currant and berry fruit. Unfortunately, every time I've tasted this wine since, it has performed worse. In the lastest tastings it has not seemed over the hill, but its flavor profile - dusty, extremely earthy and with cherry/dark fig fruit along with a big dose of cedar - is simply not in my comfort zone. - HK 2012-02-01

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