Robert Parker – 95-100
The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum is very close in quality to the 2007, displaying the beauty of Chateauneuf du Pape, the glory of these ancient vines and the outrageous quality and complexity of the Grenache grape. It exhibits amazing kirsch liqueur intermixed with lavender, spice box and roasted herbs as well as a phenomenal purity and unctuosity that lead to a voluptuous texture and a finish that goes on well past a minute. This is an other-worldly wine. An absolutely monumental effort, it is only bottled in magnums (200 or so produced), so the number of people who will ever be able to taste it is, sadly, very limited. It should drink well or 25+ years.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035