2001 Patrick Lesec "Kristial" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1170352 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Kristial is a terroir-driven offering the from a vineyard in the northeastern sector of the appellation called Cristia. Made from 100% destemmed grapes, primarily Grenache with a touch of Mourvedre, it possesses a deep ruby/purple color, a boatload of tannin, medium to full body, racy, complex, stylish aromas and flavors, and a long, heady finish. There is plenty of structure, and one can sense the Mourvedre component. Aged in 100% used barrels, this rich, heady Chateauneuf represents a synthesis of a grand cru Burgundy and southern Rhone given its floral elegance yet substantial power and intensity. Give this beauty 1-2 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 10-12.  (2/2004)

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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