Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019 (Southern Rhone, France) - [JD 97] [WS 96] [DM 94] [WA 91+]
Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019 (Southern Rhone, France) - [JD 97] [WS 96] [DM 94] [WA 91+]
Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019 (Southern Rhone, France) - [JD 97] [WS 96] [DM 94] [WA 91+]

Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019
(Southern Rhone, France) - [JD 97] [WS 96] [DM 94] [WA 91+]


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About the Winemaker:

Created by Etienne Grangeon in the 1950s, the property originally spread over a mere 2 hectares of Grenache grown under the leadership of Alain, his son, who joined the estate in 1963. Passionate about viticulture, he notably contributed to the expansion of the estate by planting improved grape varieties such as Syrah and Mourvèdre and thus creating the Cristia identity, based on knowledge and respect for its predominantly sandy soils.

Today the Grangeon family owns just over 30 acres, spread across four different parcels: Le Cristia (which is broken into two parts, an upper and lower), Saint Georges and La Roquete. They have a number of old vines, and in a normal year they produce four Chateauneufs, a traditional red and white, and two special cuvées. Their Cuvée Renaissance comes from a blend of 60%, 100 year old vine Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, although in some vintages, a smidge of Syrah is often added to the blend. 

Ratings & Reviews

97 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes (100% Grenache) brings more opulence and sexiness, with a more unevolved vibe in its ripe black fruits, violets, toasted spice, and Provençal garrigue-like aromas and flavors. Brought up in equal parts used barrels, new French oak, and demi-muids, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a seamless, incredibly elegant texture, ripe tannins, and one hell of a great finish. This is a Grenache lover's dream, and it should continue drinking brilliantly for another 10-15 years." (Nov 2021)

96 Points - Wine Spectator:
"A strapping young wine, brimming with dark plum paste and boysenberry compote flavors that are carried by racy licorice snap and fruitcake notes. The lively back end shows a hint of bramble and a touch of tar, giving this energy and power as it courses through the finish. Best from 2023 through 2038. 300 cases made, 50 cases imported." - JM (Feb 2022)

94 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Better balanced than the Renaissance, not so much oak with the natural power of the fruit to the fore. It's very ripe, quite muscular and towards sweet in profile. A bright, zingy, technicolour style, polished and sleek, but will have plenty of fans. Warming alcohol. 100% old-vine Grenache from the lieu-dit Cristia sandy soils. Matured in barriques and demi-muids for 18 months, one-third new oak." - Matt Walls (Oct 2020)

91+ Points - Wine Advocate:
"All Grenache, the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes matured in a mix of demi-muids and barriques, with about one-third new oak. Faint herbal notes and nuance to this wine's cedar, vanilla and black cherry flavors. It's full-bodied, concentrated and reasonably tannic, but it finishes silky and fine. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes." - Joe Czerwinski (May 2022)