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IronGate Fine Wine Auction

Tue, Apr 30, 2024 10:00AM EDT - Tue, May 7, 2024 08:00PM EDT
  • 1998
  • 750ml
  • France
  • Rhone
  • 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah
  • Red
  • FF1119
  • FF1120
Lot 373

1998 Famille Diffonty Chateauneuf du pape Cuvee du vatican Reserve Sixtine - 2 bottle(s)-750ml format

Estimate: CAD$240 - CAD$320

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
CAD$0 CAD$20
CAD$500 CAD$50
CAD$1,000 CAD$100
CAD$2,000 CAD$200
CAD$3,000 CAD$250
CAD$5,000 CAD$500
CAD$10,000 CAD$1,000
CAD$20,000 CAD$2,000
CAD$50,000 CAD$5,000
CAD$100,000 CAD$10,000
This lot is comprised of 2 bottle(s) of 1998 Famille Diffonty Chateauneuf du pape Cuvee du vatican Reserve Sixtine - 750ml. Estimate for this lot is between $240 - $320 with a reserve of $160. The wine in this lot belongs to collection 11449.

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A collector, based in Toronto, became interested in wine while visiting his father-in-law in Hong Kong over 60 years ago. He also owned a restaurant that had an impressive wine list and was was able to visit many wineries throughout France. He continued collecting after selling the restaurant with most of his bottles purchased upon release from the LCBO. He took meticulous care of his wine, labeling many of the bottles and storing them in a temperature and humidity controlled cellar in his home.
The wine in this lot has following tasting note from Robert Parker -Producer notes- This domaine has been a farm since the 17th century, 1673 to be exact. In the 19th century, the owners made the switch to viticulture and in 1924 Félicien Henri Désiré Diffonty, seconded by his son Marius, helped found the syndicate of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Marius' son Félicien created the brand name “Cuvée du Vatican” that was blessed by Pope John XXIII in 1958. Known today as Château Sixtine, the vines of this domaine span 16 hectares in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation and 18 in the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages appellation. Today, Jean-Marc Diffonty works the domaine using sustainable methods so as to respect the biodiversity of the soil. The wines are highly sought-after thanks to their finesse and aromatic purity.