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