Up there with the best of the vintage (and Appellation!) and a brilliant example of old vine Grenache, the 2007 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (100% old vine Grenache that’s aged all in neutral wood) is pure kirsch, blackberry liqueur and framboise on the nose, with decadent licorice, crushed stone, graphite, and hints of flowers all soaring from the glass. Full-bodied, decadent, and heady, with absolutely brilliant levels of fruit, a seamless, weightless texture, and ripe, sweet tannin, this fabulous Grenache is a total thrill ride that should have two+ decades of prime drinking!
The greatest wine from this estate to date is unquestionably their 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes. Made from 100% old-vine Grenache that was brought up in a combination of different sized barrels, some of which were new, it offers an incredible bouquet of black raspberries, caramelized cherries, violets, garrigue and lavender. Full-bodied, massively concentrated, voluptuous and decadent, yet always light on its feet, pure and elegant, this is a profound example of old-vine Grenache that should make any Southern Rhone-lover's eyes roll back in their head. It's still an infant and will drink nicely for another 15-20 years. (JD)
This is loaded with exotic layers of blueberry, crushed plum, fig and boysenberry fruit, all held together by well-embedded acidity. The long, creamy mouthfeel lets graphite, anise and spice notes define the finish. Gorgeous. Grenache. Best from 2010 through 2030. (JM)
80-year-old, organically cultivated Grenache vines aged in second- and third-year barriques. Very deep purplish crimson. Heady, big, blockbuster wine. Go for it if you are looking for super concentration of black cherry fruit and don’t mind low acidity and a pretty alcoholic hot finish. This pulls out all the stops. 18/20 points (JR)
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