Domaine de Cristia

Chapelle St Theodoric Chateauneuf du Pape ‘La Guigasse’ 2020

R2,100

A rich and textured beauty, and delivering wonderful fruit purity for a silky palate. ‘If there’s a Rayas look-alike out there, this is it’ (Jeb Dunnuck).

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Grape Variety

Grenache, Rhone Blend

Producer

Domaine de Cristia

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2019

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Formal Entertainment, Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Rhone Valley

Curated Selection

Top Rated, Organic & Biodynamic, Winter Warmers

Critics Top Rating

97 points

Story

Story

Chapelle St. Theodoric is a project between winemaker Baptiste Grangeon from Domaine de Cristia and Peter Weygandt, importer in the USA, with an objective to show beautiful terroir expressions. The 2009 vintage marked its debut with rapid acclaim.

There are two parcels; one in the lieu-dit La Guigasse, which is a pure sand soil and where the vines (all Grenache) range in age of from 50 to 100 year; and the other parcel at the top of Pignan, literally adjoining the vines of Chateau Rayas, also in pure sand and also pure, old vines Grenache.

The vinification is traditional, that is to say, whole-cluster, such as employed  by Jacques Reynaud at Chateau Rayas, Laurent Charvin, Henri Bonneau. The two parcels are vinified and aged and bottled separately, but with the exact same treatment, the experiment being to find what terroir differences one might find in pure sand, between vines less than 200 meters apart, both on sand, pure Grenache and traditional vinification.

The result has been a most exciting and successful experiment: The difference between the wines from these two parcels is clear and distinct. La Guigasse is the slightly richer of the two.  The Grand Pin, perhaps because the sand is nearly pure white, perhaps the higher elevation or due to some other factor we have not yet determined, makes a wine that is lower in alcohol, more perfumed and finer.

Specifications

Specifications

Traditional whole-cluster vilification, indigenous yeast fermentation. Harvested late, well into October.

Varietal – 100% Grenache

Soil – Sandy soils

Age of wines – 50-100 years old

Ageing –  in varying ages of barrels, demi-muids

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Limpid ruby-red. Highly expressive, mineral-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry and incense slowly pick up a suave floral element. Juicy and precise in the mouth, offering intense red fruit liqueur and lavender pastille flavors that flesh out and become spicier in the midpalate. Shows outstanding focus and zesty mineral bite on a long, penetrating finish that features silky tannins and a sexy floral note.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Jeb Dunnuck – 95-97 points

The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Guigasse is my favorite of the trio, at least at this early stage. Full-bodied aromas and flavors of darker berries, violets, peppery herbs, and chocolate all emerge from this beauty, which is perfectly balanced and has a great mid-palate, silky tannins, and a great finish. This is 100% Grenache that was not destemmed and is brought up all in older demi-muids. While the Chapelle Saint Theodoric wines are made by Baptiste Grangeon of Domaine de Cristia, the wines are dramatically different in style and are mostly not destemmed (the base Les Sablons can be destemmed) and aged all in older, larger oak barrels. These are much more perfumed, floral, elegant wines. and I always find a Burgundy-like character. In general, the Les Sablons and La Guigasse are the most approachable, with the Le Grand Pin always requiring additional bottle age to show at its best.


Wine Advocate – 94-96 points

Scents of roses, licorice and black cherries mark the nose of the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape La Guigasse, an all-Grenache cuvée from a sandy site near Rayas. Fermented as whole clusters and aging in demi-muids, it’s full-bodied and richly concentrated yet still silky and fine, although I did detect a touch of warmth on the peppery-spicy finish. The two tiny vineyards for Chapelle St. Theodoric are owned by American importer Peter Weygandt, while the wines are made at Domaine de Cristia, with the hands-on work done by Baptiste Grangeon and his cellar team. The focus is on Grenache grown in the nearly pure sand terroirs of la Guigasse and le Grand Pin (part of Pignan). The bunches are fermented whole, with aging taking place in demi-muids, typically for two years. Occasionally, a third wine, Les Sablons, is produced, sometimes blended from declassified barrels of La Guigasse and/or Le Grand Pin, but the 2019 is from young vines in la Guigasse (planted in 2013)


Decanter – 95 points

There’s a cooling herbal streak running through the wine, menthol and pine needles, which give a sense of freshness. The fruit itself is lively, upright and saline. A medium-bodied style that’s full of impact that will work well with food. Not hugely long perhaps but very good. 4,800 bottles made. Owned by Domaine de Cristia, this is pure Grenache grown on sand at the lieu-dit La Guigasse, aged for 24 months in demi-muid. Drinking Window 2022 – 2036.

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