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Date Printed: 3/31/2015
Domaine de Cristia Cuvee Renaissance Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
Domaine de Cristia Cuvee Renaissance Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2003
(search item no. 82681)
The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 3/31/2015: $53.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Readers looking for the poor man's version of the famed Beaucastel Hommage a Jacques Perrin should check out the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Renaissance. Tasting like there is much more Mourvedre included in the blend than there actually is (in fact it is 80% Grenache), it is a superb effort. Deep ruby/purple-colored, with an expressive bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, crushed rocks, and flowers, this broodingly backward, dense, full-bodied 2003 boasts tremendous purity, impressive concentration, and a stunning, 60+ second finish. No wimpish wine (it must possess 15% alcohol), but wow, what concentration and personality. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020."

"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. The 2003 Cuvee Renaissance is a candidate for the appellation's "wine of the vintage." 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 94-96 Rating

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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.