Domaine de Cristia

Domaine de Cristia Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes ‘Garrigues’ 2021

R295

From parcels closest to Chateauneuf du Pape appellation, this pure Grenache expresses power, ripeness and the signature ‘Garrigue’ smell!

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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

Value, Boutique

Wine Occasion

Everyday, Casual Entertainment

Wine Region

Rhone Valley

Curated Selection

Organic & Biodynamic, Winter Warmers, Women in Wine

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 Rouge

Soil – Clay

Age of wines – 60 years old

Ageing – For 8 months, 50% in barrels and 50% in concrete Vats

 

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Dark red colour with garmet undertones, Powerful nose showing good ripeness and exhibiting wild Mediterranean herbs and red fruits. Good attack on the palate, the ripe and silky tannins enhance the intensity of the fruit.

Can be kept for the next 8 years

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