2009 Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
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"Lush and mouthfilling, with a lightly chewy edge framing the dark plum, fig and blackberry fruit. Hoisin sauce and smoldering tobacco notes fill out the full-bodied finish, which cuts a deep trough. Best from 2012 through 2023. 3,000 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre from 50- to 100-year-old vines, and is aged in a combination of cement tanks (for the Grenache) and small oak barrels (for the Syrah and Mourvedre). The wine possesses a forward, seductive bouquet of kirsch, black currants, licorice, incense, lead pencil shavings and garrigue. This full-bodied, opulent, lush, stylish Chateauneuf du Pape should drink beautifully for 10-12 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)

"(90% grenache and 10% syrah): Ruby-red. Red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by notes of anise, woodsmoke and dried lavender. Round and sweet on the palate, offering juicy red fruit flavors that put on weight with air. Finishes smooth and sappy, with resonating spiciness and very good persistence." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Grape Varieties
90 % Grenache, 10 % Syrah

Combination of sandy loam, clay and pebbles.

Age of vines
50 years old

Blend aged in concrete vats for 18 months.

15 %

Keeping Capacity
Can be drunk young and kept for 15 years.