Chateau Sixtine (former Cuvee du Vatican)

Jean-Marc Diffonty.
Route de Courthezon 10, 84231 Chateauneuf du Pape.
Direct sale: Monday - Friday 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00 (Winter: until 17.30)
Tel. +33 490 837 051

Jean-Marc Diffonty is the 4th generation at the domain and has been responsible, since his father Félician Diffonty left the charge in 1993. He was the mayor of Chateauneuf du Pape 1965-1995 and it was him who in 1958 named the plave Cuvée du Vatican - blessed by the pope!
In 2012 the name of the domain was changed to Chateau Sixtine.

The ageing cellar was renovated in 2003 and the vinification cellar in 2007.

The domain covers 15 ha. of  Chateauneuf du Pape and 7 ha. of Cotes du Rhone Village.


Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée du Vatican
2011: 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.

Chateauneuf du Pape Manus Dei
2011: 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre.
40% aged in foudres and 60% in barriques. 

Chateauneuf du Pape Chateau Sixtine 
2011: 40% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre and 25% Syrah.
From La Crau, Rayas, Barbe d'Asne and Serres.
Aged for 12 months in new or 2-3-years-old barriques.

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Chateau Sixtine
2011: 100% Roussanne. 
Aged for 6 months in barriques with bâtonnage.

Cotes du Rhone Village Cuvée du Vatican

Cotes du Rhone Village Manus Dei

Jean-Marc Diffonty at Les Printemps 2015

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