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Date Printed: 11/1/2014
Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
(search item no. 84352)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/1/2014: $29.99

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
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Complex aromas of flowers, incense, ground pepper, raspberries, and cherries emerge from the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape. This dense ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied effort reveals firm tannin, loads of freshness, superb concentration, and an earthy, powerful yet elegant finish. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age, and consume it over the following 12-15."

"Alain and Baptiste Grangeon are potential new superstars from Chateauneuf du Pape, and this offering is representative of the sensational wines that have emerged from their vineyards in the northeastern sector, near Courthezon, over the last three years. This wine is a structured, tannic, somewhat backward effort that goes against the tendency of this vintage to produce fleshy, opulent, succulent Chateauneufs that generally require early consumption."
-Wine Advocate 90-92 Points

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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.