Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine de Cristia 2007

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Deep ruby. Sexy aromas of raspberry and blackberry preserves, potpourri and Asian spices. Weighty but fresh, with sweet dark berry flavors and impressive mineral lift. This has become more energetic since bottling and shows a very sexy, open-knit personality; I slightly underestimated it last year. The finish is juicy, focused and impressively persistent.
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Domaine de Cristia came into being about 1942 thanks to the founder, Etienne Grangeon. The estate takes its name from the lieu-dit, le Cristia, where they have some of their vines. The vineyard is placed not far from the village of Courthezon, which is where the domaine is based. At first, the Chateauneuf du Pape estate of Domaine Cristia owned about two hectares of Grenache vines in the Southern Rhone Valley. In the early days, like most producers in the appellation, their wines were sold in bulk to negociants.

Etienne Grangeon was able to enlarge their vineyard holdings thanks to the efforts of his son Alain Grangeon. Alain slowly began bottling some of their production. In the beginning, it was only about ten percent. The amount of wine was not really enough to be sold on a commercial basis. In those early days, the wines of Domaine de Cristia went to family and friends. It was Alain Grangeon who decided to plant other varietals in their vineyards like Mourvedre and Syrah.

Things changed in 1999, when the next generation became involved with the family business at Domaine de de Cristia. Baptiste and Dominique Florent also joined the estate that year. In fact, 1999 was a vintage of change for everything at Domaine de Cristia as that year they began to produce and bottle 100% of their production. Today, Domaine de Cristia is managed by Baptiste Grangeon and Dominique Grangeon.

One taste of the wines being made currently at Domaine de Cristia and you can easily see that the wines have never been better. Some of the recent changes have been to practice biodynamic farming techniques. In 2008, Domaine de Cristia was certified as Agriculture Biologique by Ecocert.

 

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