Region: Rhône, France
Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2019
Domaine de Cristia is situated in Courthézon in the Rhône Valley and has been run by the same family since 1942. Its name comes from a vineyard site within the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation which adjoins lieu-dit Rayas. The domaine is 50 acres and produces Vin de Pays, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Châteauneuf du Pape rouge and 2.5 acres of Châteauneuf du Pape blanc and another 2.5 acre plot of 100 year old vines in the Cristia lieu-dit.
“96/100. A strapping young wine, brimming with dark plum paste and boysenberry compote flavors that are carried by racy licorice snap and fruitcake notes. The lively back end shows a hint of bramble and a touch of tar, giving this energy and power as it courses through the finish. Best from 2023 through 2038.” (Wine Spectator Feb 28, 2022)