Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Renaissance 2017
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|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Domaine de Cristia|
The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Renaissance from Cristia is a beauty! A normal blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre that comes from old vines planted in sandy soils, it reveals a medium ruby/purple color as well as a pure, elegant bouquet of crème de cassis, jammy blackberries, candied violets, incense, and spiced meats. This ripe, powerful, concentrated, and full-bodied Châteauneuf du Pape has awesome purity, silky tannins, and one hell of a great finish. Some of the oak that was present when I tasted this from barrel has integrated nicely and this beauty can be drunk any time over the coming 15 years.
Limpid ruby-red. Intense, spice- and mineral-accented red and blue fruits and candied flowers on the expansive nose. Stains the palate with suave Chambord, boysenberry, spicecake and succulent herb flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Fine-grained tannins sneak in late to add gentle grip to impressively persistent blue fruit and floral notes.
A 60-40 blend of Grenache (from 110-year-old vines) and Mourvèdre (from 55-year-old vines), aged in demi-muids and barriques, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Renaissance shows more cedar and vanilla overtones than I personally prefer, with those elements riding over the top of delicate cherry and raspberry fruit and flattening out any garrigue and spice subtleties. Don't get me wrong-it's clearly a fine wine, and will clearly have many fans for its ample weight, velvety plushness and deliciously hedonistic style. I just wish it showed more vineyard-derived complexity instead of oak. Perhaps that will emerge with time.