2007 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1044911

90-92 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah from the clay and sandy soil sectors of the appellation and completely aged in cement tanks. It has a dense ruby/purple color and a brilliant nose of blue and black fruits, camphor, licorice, as well as incense and white flowers. It is ripe, full-bodied, with superb fruit freshness and purity, and overall, a full-bodied equilibrium that is extremely vibrant and fresh. This is a beauty to drink over the next 10-15 years." (10/08) 87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Deep, smoky aromas of dark berries and singed cherry, with licorice and iron notes adding complexity. Sappy blackberry, cassis and cola flavors are firmed by gentle mineral qualities and dusty tannins. On the serious side today: I look forward to trying this again next year and suspect it will be sweeter and more energetic." (Jan/Feb '09) ETA Fall of 2009.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape