Domaine de Cristia
2015 'Vieilles Vignes' Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC
France: Rhône Valley
Sumo V V
Remember that BEAST of a Châteauneuf from Cristia we featured last year? The one lovers of Rhône keep asking for more of?
Well, here’s an UPGRADE! Same everything, but even bigger, better, bolder, from even older vines. Like a CENTURY PLUS kinda old vines.
These wines we keep saying are not for the faint of heart. They are sumo wrestlers, who somehow perform in utter grace and sophistication despite their sheer immensity…
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate raves “One of the superb newer producers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine de Cristia has come on like gangbusters over the last decade, since proprietors Alain and Baptiste Grangeon took over from his father in 1999 and have re-written this estate’s book on quality in a short period of time. All of Cristia’s vineyards are in the northeast sector of the appellation, not far from the Rayas vineyard.” and Parker’s protégé Jeb Dunnuck echoes; “Winemaker Baptiste Grangeon has been on a roll over the past decade with these wines from his family estate. These are ripe, powerful wines that never lose their Southern Rhône soul.”
Dollar for dollar, thanks to our massive discount rarely seen on 97-rated Cult Châteauneuf, you would be hard-pressed to find a purer, more intense luxury cuvée from these parts. Add this beauty to your stash of cherries, we don’t want you to miss out on this vintage rarity.
97 Points – Wine Spectator
“This delivers a lush, enticing blast of cassis and raspberry and boysenberry preserve flavors, carried by a silky structure that lets the fruit play out at length, giving adequate time for black tea, singed apple wood, dried anise and fruitcake notes to fill in throughout. Dreamy. 150 cases imported. Best from 2020 through 2040.”
95 Points – Jeb Dunnuck
“Baptiste Grangeon makes a more progressive/modern style of Châteauneuf du Pape with his Domaine de Cristia releases… all these wines ooze Provencal charm and character. Made from 100% Grenache, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is a more opulent, hedonistic effort compared to the Renaissance and offers killer notes of plums, caramelized black cherries, spring flowers and licorice. Possessing sweet tannin, impeccable balance and a finish that won’t quit, drink it anytime over the coming 15 years or more.”
What the Winery Says
- Baptiste Grangeon
- 100% Grenache
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône
- Sandy clay with no large rocks
- Vine age
- 110+ years old
- 24 months
- 40% new French oak
- 6 barrels