Domaine de Cristia Vin de Pays Grenache 2021 | 22
A lovely, supple and aromatic Grenache, delightful in approachability and freshness.
Minimum order of 6 bottles
Domaine de Cristia
Everyday, Casual Entertainment
Organic & Biodynamic, Winter Warmers, Women in Wine
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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.
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 and Chalk
Age of wines – 35 years old
Ageing – in concrete Vats for 4 months
Vivacious ruby red colour, Good aromatic intensity on the nose with aromas of ripe fruits, red-fruit coulis and hints of fresh liquorice. The palate offers good volume, is rich and endowed with silky tannins. Good amplitude in the middle palate which leads onto a long finish where the liquorice aromas persist.
To be drunk young, between 1 and 4 years.