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2007 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1052869 98 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Up there with the best of the vintage (and Appellation!) and a brilliant example of old vine Grenache, the 2007 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (100% old vine Grenache that’s aged all in neutral wood) is pure kirsch, blackberry liqueur and framboise on the nose, with decadent licorice, crushed stone, graphite, and hints of flowers all soaring from the glass. Full-bodied, decadent, and heady, with absolutely brilliant levels of fruit, a seamless, weightless texture, and ripe, sweet tannin, this fabulous Grenache is a total thrill ride that should have two+ decades of prime drinking!  (3/2012)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The greatest wine from this estate to date is unquestionably their 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. Made from 100% old-vine Grenache that was brought up in a combination of different sized barrels, some of which were new, it offers an incredible bouquet of black raspberries, caramelized cherries, violets, garrigue and lavender. Full-bodied, massively concentrated, voluptuous and decadent, yet always light on its feet, pure and elegant, this is a profound example of old-vine Grenache that should make any Southern Rhone-lover's eyes roll back in their head. It's still an infant and will drink nicely for another 15-20 years. (JD)  (9/2015)

96 points Wine Spectator

 This is loaded with exotic layers of blueberry, crushed plum, fig and boysenberry fruit, all held together by well-embedded acidity. The long, creamy mouthfeel lets graphite, anise and spice notes define the finish. Gorgeous. Grenache. Best from 2010 through 2030. (JM)  (9/2009)

Jancis Robinson

 80-year-old, organically cultivated Grenache vines aged in second- and third-year barriques. Very deep purplish crimson. Heady, big, blockbuster wine. Go for it if you are looking for super concentration of black cherry fruit and don’t mind low acidity and a pretty alcoholic hot finish. This pulls out all the stops. 18/20 points (JR)  (12/2008)

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Rhone Blends



- 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.


- 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