Cristia

Domaine de Cristia

Domaine de Cristia was established in 1942, with only 2 hectares of vines; at that time, all grapes were sold to négociants. When Baptiste Grangeon inherited the vineyards from his father in 1999, he was the first to bottle as Domaine de Cristia. Today, Baptiste manages the winery with his sister Dominique and they have gradually added vineyards over the years, to a total of 20 hectares of vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Ninety percent of their holdings are in the lieu-dit Cristia, with the remaining 10% spread over three different lieux-dits near Rayas. These parcels are comprised of varying soil-types, including sand, clay, calcaire and galets, and benefit from a cool, fresh north-easterly exposition which allows the grapes and wines to develop supple, elegant tannins. Their Syrah and Mourvèdre vines average 50 years old and they have some Grenache that is over 100 years old.

The domaine follows organic agriculture for all work in the vineyards and have been certified from the 2008 vintage. No chemical fertlizers, herbicides or pesticides are used to treat the soils or the vines. Ploughing and weeding are practiced according to the blocks and the yields desired. Vines are treated with copper sulphate and sulphur occasionally blended with a nettle infusion/tea (4 to 5 times a year). Only organic fertlizer (i.e., sheep manure) is used.

The grapes are selected in the vineyard and then destemmed before being put into vats. Three weeks of fermentation and maceration in concrete vats follow, with the use of indigenous yeasts. Temperatures are kept low in order to produce aromatic wines. They do not insist on any massive extraction, but prefer the ‘matière’ to express itself. (Due to the work in the vineyards, the grapes possess enough concentration). The pressed juice and free-run juice are blended together according to the vintage. Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines are aged in concrete vats and barrels for a minimum of 18 months, while Côtes-du-Rhône and Vin de Pays are aged only in concrete vats for 8-12 months.  All of their wines are noteworthy for their finesse and elegance.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB0499-16
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes
2016
Grenache
100% Grenache from Cristia Haut, a vineyard which faces east and north; the soils are a mix of sand and clay. The vines are 80-100 years... Read More
France Rhône

DB0500-15
Organic
Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Cuvée Renaissance"
2015
Grenache
60% Grenache from 110-year-old vines in Cristia Haut lieu-dit and 40% Mourvedre from 55-year-old vines in the southeast part of the... Read More
France Rhône

DB0498-16
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Classic
2016
Grenache
70% Grenache aged in concrete, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre aged in barrels. Aged for 18 months. 
France Rhône

DB0499-15
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes
2015
Grenache
100% Grenache from Cristia Haut, a vineyard which faces east and north; the soils are a mix of sand and clay. The vines are 80-100 years... Read More
France Rhône

DB0500-16
Organic
Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Cuvée Renaissance"
2016
Grenache
60% Grenache from 110-year-old vines in Cristia Haut lieu-dit and 40% Mourvedre from 55-year-old vines in the southeast part of the... Read More
France Rhône

DB0497-16
Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône Vieilles Vignes "Les Garrigues"
2016
Grenache
100% Grenache from 50-55 year old vines. This vineyard is just east of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and across the A7 highway; this is a top Côtes-... Read More
France Rhône