Cuvée du Vatican have friends in seriously high places. Theirs was the first case of Châteauneuf-du-Pape that Robert Parker ever bought, and is the wine largely credited with launching his now decades long career. But even ol’ Parksy pales in comparison to their most famous fan: the Pope. Since 1958, when Pope John XXIII blessed Cuvée du Vatican, the label’s been a papal favourite and they still send a case to Rome every year.
This is a powerful, rich wine worthy of its fans, featuring aromas of red and dark fruits with a rich, ripe palate packed with dark fruits, spice and soft tannins.
It picked up 92 points from Robert Parker and Vinous, as well as a Gold medal from Mundus Vini.