2020 Vieilles Vignes Domaine de Cristia

Grapes Grenache
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
District Southern Rhône
Village Châteauneuf du Pape
ABV 15%

100% Grenache, 100 year old vines. Dark and slightly brooding, dense plum and blueberry with a huge whack of sweet Grenache, raspberry, violets, very long and pure, full bodied, lots of spice and garrigue, will develop beautifully into a great Chateauneuf, but it is drinking really well just now. L&S (Jul 2022)

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The Vieilles Vignes cuvée (100% Grenache aged in 34% new French oak barrels, with the balance in demi-muids and older oak) is always a deeper, richer, surprisingly opaque example of Grenache, and the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes follows suit, offering a dense plum hue, loads of mulberry and blackberry fruits, full-bodied richness, lots of spice and garrigue nuances, and a great finish. It’s going to offer ample pleasure right out of the gate yet cruise for 15+ years in cold cellars. Rating: 93-95 Jeb Dunnuck, (Nov 2021)

Domaine de Cristia

Based around Courthezon and taking the name from the lieu dit 'Cristia', Domaine de Cristia was established by Etienne Grangeon in the early 1950s with just two hectares of Grenache. His son Alain joined the domaine in the 1960s. It was Alain who slowly started to increase the vineyard holdings and plant Syrah & Mourvèdre to complement the Grenache that makes up the majority of the estate.

Today the estate is in the very capable hands of Etienne's grandchildren, Baptiste, Dominique and Florent, who joined in 1999. They have nearly 19 hectares based mainly in the sandy soils around Courthezon. All the vineyards have been certified since 2008, with a biodynamic approach also being followed.

The vineyards are mainly northeast facing so benefit from not getting too much hot sun during the early part of the day, with the sandy soils lending freshness and elegance that is the hallmark of their cuvées.

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