Domaine de Cristia

Domaine de Cristia was established in 1942 with 2 hectares of vines. All grapes were sold to négociants until the children of the current winemaker took over and bottled the first Domaine de Cristia wine in 1999. Brother and sister team, Baptiste and Dominique Grangeon are now running the winery. They have 13 hectares of vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape spread over four different lieu-dits near Rayas with varying soil-types with sand, clay and calcaire and galets. 90% of the vines are in the lieu-dits named “Cristia”. Their Syrah and Mourvèdre vines average 50 years-old and they have some Grenache that is over 100 years-old. They use a combination of concrete tanks, used barrels and a small amount of new oak barrels on the Renaissance cuvée. The domaine has been certified organic since 2008.


Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Archived) 2009

The extraordinary 2009 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (100% Grenache from 80-year-old vines, aged completely in small, older barrels) has a dark ruby purple color and an extraordinary nose of framboise, kirsch, blackberry, spring flowers and forest flora. It is deep and full-bodied, with great fruit purity that cascades over the palate with no hard edges. This is a super wine in 2009 and should drink well for 10-15 years, based on how previous vintages are evolving.

Robert Parker,Wine Advocate #191

Review Score: 92–94+ (not yet released)

Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Domaine de Cristia
Farming Type Organic
Product Code DB0499-09
Varietal Grenache