Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2005 Domaine de Cristia “Renaissance” Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

Domaine de Cristia, founded by Etienne Grangeon in 1942, was originally comprised of 2 hectares of Grenache. It was developed further by the driving force of his son Alain, who joined the domaine in 1963. Passionate about viticulture, he notably contributed to the expansion of the domaine and planted additional grape varieties including Syrah and Mourvèdre and created the identity of Cristia, based on the knowledge and respect of his soils. Today, Domaine de Cristia is managed by Baptiste Grangeon and Dominique Grangeon. Domaine de Cristia produces three red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and a Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.

Renaissance comes from a blend of 60%, 100 year old vine Grenache and 40% Mourvedre. In some vintages, Syrah is added to the blend.

Violet in color. 15% ABV. Sublime nose of cassis liqueur, soy sauce and lavender. Full bodied with ample acidity and just the slightest bit of heat on the palate. Big, concentrated and powerful. Flavors of raspberry, blueberry, kirsch and white pepper. The finish is long with still substantial tannins. Even at 12 years of this age this wine is a reflection of the 2005 vintage and not for the faint of heart. Drink over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Current vintages of Renaissance can be found for about $75.

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