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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2001
Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2001
(search item no. 61846)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Syrah represents an amazing value in Chateaneuf du Pape. Beautiful aromas and flavors of dark cherries, thyme, and plums, this is not an over extracted oak, super tannic wine, but rather shows wonderful balance and finesse. Delicious!

"The deep ruby/purple-colored 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape offers luxurious aromas of blackberries and raspberries intertwined with notions of licorice, underbrush, and smoke. Full-bodied and deep, with great purity, a multilayered texture, and a sensational finish revealing sweet tannin as well as oodles of fruit, this beauty should age effortlessly for 12-15 years."
-Wine Advocate

My Notes:

About Domaine de Cristia:

Created by Etienne Grangeon 70 years ago, the property originally comprised 2 hectares of Grenache. It was developed further by the driving force of his son Alain, who joined the domaine in 1963. Passionate about viticulture, he notably contributed to the expansion of the domaine and planted improved grape varieties such as Syrah and Mourvèdre and created the identity of Cristia, based on the knowledge and respect of his soils.

Then, in 1999, Baptiste, Dominique and more recently Florent joined their father. Their priorities were to concentrate on selecting the best parcels in order to produce a wine of a great quality with a good ageing potential.