2022 Classique Domaine de Cristia

Grapes Syrah, Grenache
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
Other Certified Organic
District Southern Rhône
Village Châteauneuf du Pape
ABV 14.5%

85% Grenache 15% Syrah 10% Mourvedre Aged in concrete, foudre & barrel. Lovely dense sweet raspberry and cherry notes, violets, lovely and really exciting, this will be an absolute charmer and approachable from the off. L&S (Oct 2023)

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The 2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape ranks alongside the finest renditions of this wine ever produced at Domaine de Cristia. Bursting with orange blossom, garrigue, red cherry, strawberry and licorice, it strikes the perfect balance between opulence and freshness. Polished tannins, a seamless mouthfeel and a focused, juicy conclusion round it all up. Drinking range: 2025 - 2037 Rating: 93 Nicholas Greinacher - (Jun 2024)

85% Grenache, 15% Syrah. Aged for 18 months in foudres (15%) and concrete tanks (85%). Certified organic. Tank/cask sample. Tasted blind. Spice-led nose, with tabasco and mulberry. A dense and layered palate, with smoke and fig notes. Rich and voluptuous palate, with plum and smoky notes. Layered and structured and a deep, textured finish. Drinking range: 2027 - 2038 Rating: 16.5 Alistair Cooper MW - (Nov 2023)

Impressively expressive, with melted down berry fruits infused with herbs – really fruity and ripe, but all well controlled and focused, with fine tannins. A lively and vibrant Tradition cuvée that should be great value for money. Mostly aged in concrete tank, with 15% in foudres. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 93 Matt Walls, (Nov 2023)

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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