2009 Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Renaissance

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 90+
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :
$69.95
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THIS IS AMAZING JUICE! I JUST TOOK A BOTTLE TO CRAIG'S IN WEST HOLLYWOOD AND WAS I IMPRESSED! I HATE TO SAY IT BUT I THINK THE "WINE SPECTATOR" WAS RIGHT ON THIS ONE. LAST OF THE VINTAGE.

"This is really packed, but amazingly suave and polished, as the huge core of braised fig, melted licorice, cassis and ganache is seamlessly put together and backed by perfectly embedded grip. The finish is hefty, but a mouthwatering note of singed iron keeps it driven. Best from 2012 through 2024. 500 cases made." (WS)

"The more limited production 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Renaissance is fashioned from 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, with the Grenache aged in old small oak and the Mourvedre and Syrah brought up in new oak. Tighter, more tannic and backward (especially for a 2009), it reveals plenty of spicy notes intermixed with hints of roast beef, bouquet garni, black currants, blackberries and smoky oak. Atypically backward, brooding, dense, broad, rich and tightly knit, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age and should drink well over the subsequent 15+ years.

Baptiste and Dominique Grangeon own a total of 32 acres of vines in the northeastern sector of Chateauneuf du Pape, so this is not a large estate by any means. However, Domaine de Cristia has produced brilliant wines in both 2009 and 2010, and the Grangeons are also responsible for the wines called Chapelle St.-Theodoric (in conjunction with importer Peter Weygandt) that are reviewed elsewhere in this report. The 2009s have turned out exceptionally well, and 2010 looks to be the estate’s finest overall vintage since 2007. Not surprisingly, the 2010s exhibit even deeper colors than the relatively dark colored 2009s, and are tighter and more tannic as well as fresher and richer." (WA)

"(60% grenache, from vines reportedly over a century old, and 40% mourvedre): Deep ruby. Pungent aromas of cherry compote, dark berries, licorice and oak spices. Round, fleshy and sweet, offering intense blackberry and cherry-cola flavors that show serious depth and no rough edges. The energetic, sweet finish clings with impressive tenacity and spicy persistence." (IWC)