Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Blanc 2010
Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Egg-shell white with hints of bright gold. A broad aromatic palate with notes of white fleshy fruits (peaches, pears etc.), yellow flowers (gorse, broom etc.) and soft spices (vanilla). The fine and rounded mouth feel shows great elegance. It is a rich and powerful with a classy and long finish.
"The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes blanc is 100% Grenache blanc made from 57-year-old vines and aged on its lees in new oak. The wine does not show any wood whatsoever, which is amazing, but it does display loads of honeyed citrus, white currants, grapefruit and a hint of apricot. Exotic, medium to full-bodied, and refreshing at the same time, this is an impressive wine that should drink nicely for several years, if not longer."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright yellow-gold. Intensely perfumed, expansive aromas of pineapple, poached pear and melon, with complicating notes of honey and candied ginger. Very rich, palate-coating orchard and pit fruit flavors are perked up by a zesty note of orange pith. Finishes smooth and long, with resonating spiciness and a late note of candied anise."
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Learn 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 Mourvedre and created the identity of Cristia,...
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Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape
(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...
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Learn About Rhone White Blends
White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...
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