Domaine de Cristia

Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 2020

R1,850

A Pure Grenache Chateauneuf du pape from centenary vines neighboring Chateau Rayas on Sandy soils, stunning in concentration and complexity.

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Grape Variety

Grenache

Producer

Domaine de Cristia

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2020

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Formal Entertainment, Indulgence

Wine Region

Rhone Valley

Curated Selection

Top Rated, 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 – 100% Grenache

Soil – Clayey sand from the locality known as “Cristia”

Age of wines – 90 to 100 years old

Ageing – 24 months in barrels

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Deep black robe with hints of purple. Roasted hints and very ripe red fruits aromas. Concentrated, powerful and explosive mouth with hints of cherries, ripe black fruits and liquorice

May be enjoyed young but can be kept up to 15 years

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Decanter – 94 points

Better balanced than the Renaissance, not so much oak with the natural power of the fruit to the fore. It’s very ripe, quite muscular and towards sweet in profile. A bright, zingy, technicolour style, polished and sleek, but will have plenty of fans. Warming alcohol. 100% old-vine Grenache from the lieu-dit Cristia sandy soils. Matured in barriques and demi-muids for 18 months, one-third new oak. Drinking Window 2022 – 2033


Jeb Dunnuck – 93-95 points

James Suckling – 91 points
There’s so much tar character in the nose it smells like the freeway is melting. However, the expansive palate is properly dry and rather fresh. Crisp finish. A cuvee of 60% grenache and 40% mourvedre. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

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