Domaine de Cristia

Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2015

R750

A comforting blend of soft power, a harmonious wine full of warmth and silkiness

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Grape Variety

Grenache, Rhone Blend

Producer

Domaine de Cristia

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2015

Wine Group

Boutique, Prestige

Wine Occasion

Formal Entertainment, Indulgence

Wine Region

Rhone Valley

Curated Selection

Organic & Biodynamic, Winter Warmers, Women in Wine

Critics Top Rating

92 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 – 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre

Soil – Combination of sandy loam and clay

Age of wines – 50 years old

Ageing – 18 months. Grenache in concrete vats, Syrah and Mourvèdre in barrels

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Deep red-cherry colour. The nose is harmonious mixing floral and fruit aromas with a touch of liquorice. The attack is balanced and lively, the tannins powerful and ripe. Long intense fruit and aromatic finish.

Can be drunk young and kept for 12 years

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 90-92 points

A blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a plush, silky wine that can be consumed over its first ten years of life. Cherry and cola notes finish with a touch of warmth.

At Domaine de Cristia, the estate has been certified organic since 2008, but now Baptiste Grangeon is changing up the winemaking. “The 2015 is the last year made the way I always did,” he said. In 2016, he used more whole clusters and a touch of oak, looking for more complexity in his wines. Most of the domaine’s wines are located in the lieu-dit Cristia, which has mainly sandy soils well suited to Grenache. Grangeon is also responsible for the winemaking of the Chapelle St. Theodoric wines, a joint venture with American importer Peter Weygandt.


Wine Enthusiast – 95 points, Editor’s Choice (2016 vintage)
Silken texture and a distinct mineral freshness make Domaine Cristia’s entry-level Châteauneuf-du-Pape a standout. Lavishly perfumed, it offers pristine black-cherry aromas marked by smoke and spice. Blackberry and blueberry flavors are unctuous but edged by firm, fine-grained tannins. Hold till 2021 to allow tannins to meld. It should develop beautifully through 2035.

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