2007 Domaine de Cristia "Renaissance" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1050334 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deeper, inkier and more concentrated than the classic cuvée, the 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Renaissance checks in as 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, with the Grenache aged in concrete and the Mourvèdre and Syrah in demi-muids (some new). Offering up notes of graphite, cassis, chocolate, crushed flowers and tobacco, it's a sexy, voluptuous example of this cuvee that has sensational concentration, sweet tannin and a blockbuster finish. Much more closed and backward on release, it's just now starting to open up. It will benefit from another year or so in bottle and drink beautifully through at least 2027. (JD)  (9/2015)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A seriously concentrated, full-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape that has hardly budged since release, the 2007 Domaine de Cristia Renaissance (60% tank aged Grenache and 40% barrel aged Mourvèdre) is still primary and youthful, with blockbuster aromas of blackberry liqueur, vanilla, graphite, mineral, roasted meats, and subtle garriuge on the nose. Thrilling stuff on the palate, with awesome purity, decadent fruit, and solid underlying structure, this thrilling 2007 needs another 3-4 years of bottle age, and should drink well over the following two decades.  (3/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Very plump and ripe, with black cherry, plum and blackberry fruit flavors that verge on jammy, before fresh spice, star anise and floral notes chime in to give added definition and length. Flaunts the showy side of the vintage. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2025. (JM)  (9/2009)

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby with a bright rim. Exotic scents of black raspberry, cherry-cola, garrigue and minerals. A smoky quality adds interest to the sweet red and dark berry flavors, which show impressive depth and clarity. Manages the trick of being rich and vibrant at the same time. Finishes sweet, creamy and very long. I prefer the brightness of this wine to the density of the Vieilles Vignes right now. (JR)  (2/2009)

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Rhone Blends



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- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 15