Domaine de Cristia

Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape Renaissance 2020

R1,450

A voluptuous, generous and complex structured wine, made from extremely old vines to deliver amazing complexity

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Grape Variety

Rhone Blend

Producer

Domaine de Cristia

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2020

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Formal Entertainment, Indulgence

Wine Region

Rhone Valley

Curated Selection

Bin Ends, Organic & Biodynamic, Winter Warmers, Women in Wine

Critics Top Rating

94 points

Story

Story

Domaine de Cristia was established in 1942, with only two hectares of vines; at that time, all grapes were sold to négociants. When Baptiste Grangeon inherited the vineyards from his father in 1999, he was the first to bottle as Domaine de Cristia. Today, Baptiste manages the winery with his sister, Dominique, and they have gradually added vineyards over the years, to a total of 20 hectares of vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Ninety percent of their holdings are in the lieu-dit Cristia, with the remaining ten percent spread over three different areas. These parcels are comprised of varying soil-types, including sand, clay, limestone, and galets, and benefit from a cool, fresh north-easterly exposition which allows the grapes and wines to develop supple, elegant tannins. Their Syrah and Mourvèdre vines average 55 years old and the oldest Grenache is over 100 years old.

The domaine follows organic agriculture for all work in the vineyards and has been certified from the 2008 vintage. No chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides are used to treat the soils or the vines. Ploughing and weeding are practiced according to the blocks and the yields desired. Vines are treated with copper sulphate and sulphur occasionally blended with a nettle infusion/tea (four to five times a year). Only organic fertilizer (i.e., sheep manure) is used. All of their wines are noteworthy for their finesse and elegance.

Specifications

Specifications

The grapes are selected in the vineyard and then destemmed before being put into vats. Three weeks of fermentation and maceration in concrete vats follow, with the use of indigenous yeasts. Temperatures are kept low in order to produce aromatic wines. They do not insist on any massive extraction, but prefer the ‘matière’ to express itself. Due to the work in the vineyards, the grapes possess enough concentration. The pressed juice and free-run juice are blended together according to the vintage.

Varietal -60% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre

Soil – Sandy clay soil facing East which ensures freshness

Age of wines – Grenache: 110 years old / Mourvèdre : 55 years old

Ageing – 24 months in barrels

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Dark intense violet coulouring denoting a rich and generous body. Complex bouquet of roasted coffee, liquorice, cherry and hints of leather. Powerful straightforward taste in the mouth with dark fruit (blackcurrant), spicy (black pepper) and zan aromas.

Ideal drinking time: 8 years / Keeping capacity: 20-25 years

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Jeb Dunnuck – 93-95 points


James Suckling – 93 points

The intense clove aroma is at the outer edge of typicity for this appellation. However, this Chateauneuf is simultaneously savory, dry and surprisingly elegant through the long balsamic and spicy finish. A pure grenache. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 


Wine Advocate – 91-93 points

From 55-year-old Grenache vines in the Cristia lieu-dit, the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is aging in 40% new demi-muids (the exact proportions of new wood vary from year to year). The result is a fine balance of toast and vanilla with black cherries, rosemary and lavender. Full-bodied and silky textured but not overly concentrated or tannic, this finishes long and elegant.

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