2003 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1021766 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A big, ripe and exuberant wine, the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape offers lots of plum and purple fruits, licorice, spice and hints of meatiness on the nose. Full-bodied, voluptuously textured and with lots of fruit, it has a slightly dry edge to the tannin so drink up. (JD)  (9/2015)

Vinous

 Medium red. Ripe, powerful red berry fruit aromas accented by smoke and roasted coffee. A big, round, dense wine with a flavor of jammy raspberry. Quite tannic but the finishing impression is one of ripe, dense, lingering berry fruit. (JR)  (1/2006)

Wine Enthusiast

 This is the best Cristia since Baptiste Grangeon took over the estate in 1999. It has great tannic structure, a hint of wood and lovely, juicy red fruit flavors. (RV)  (12/2005)


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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape