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Professional Ratings: 91 Wine Spectator, 90 The Wine Advocate, 90 International Wine Cellar
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 105388
Deep garnet red with purple highlights. Scents of wild herbs and bay leaves which mingle with spices and red fruits. A full bodied and smooth wine offering notes of ripe fruit with hints of liquorice. Soft silky tannins lead onto a long finish.
Match with: Roast partridge - Fricassee of guinea fowl with raspberry vinegar.
Ripe and seamless, with a gorgeous mouthfeel to the raspberry, mulled spice, crushed currant and melted licorice notes. Long and fleshy, with a buried minerality extending the finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2025. 3,330 cases made.
The dense ruby/purple 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape (90% Grenache and 10% Syrah) is very sexy and rich, with a beautiful nose of blueberry, blackberry, charcoal, and tapenade. Fabulously concentrated, with silky tannins and a layered, rich mouthfeel, this stunning effort is already irresistible, and should drink well for a decade or more.
Domaine de Cristia has come on like gangbusters over the last decade, since proprietors Baptiste Grangeon took over from his father in 1999. All of Cristia’s vineyards are in the northeast sector of the appellation, with their sensational 100% Grenache Vieilles Vignes cuvee coming from 70- to 80-year-old vines in sandy soil not far from the Rayas vineyard. They apparently only made one cuvee in 2008, a normal occurrence in Chateauneuf du Pape given that vintage is average to just above-average in quality.
Deep ruby. Sexy aromas of raspberry and blackberry preserves, potpourri and Asian spices. Weighty but fresh, with sweet dark berry flavors and impressive mineral lift. This has become more energetic since bottling and shows a very sexy, open-knit personality; I slightly underestimated it last year. The finish is juicy, focused and impressively persistent.