2010 Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Renaissance

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 97--Jeff Leve: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
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"This has a lot going on, with dark ganache and espresso followed by roasted alder and juniper notes, before the core of plum, blackberry and steeped black currant fruit finally starts to assert itself. The long finish lets bay and tobacco leaf notes stride through, with a tarry edge as well. Shows great character. Best from 2015 through 2030. 500 cases made." (WS)

"Totally closed and nearly impossible to penetrate, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Renaissance is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. The Grenache was aged in old oak casks and the Mourvedre and Syrah in new oak. This wine possesses enormous potential, but, as previously stated, it is tightly closed and tannic with virtually no charm at present. The overall structure is massive and the wine offers up vague hints of dark blue and black fruits, roasted meats, licorice, incense and graphite. In the mouth, it is weighty, impressively concentrated and pure, but the tannins have more in common with an infant Bordeaux than most Chateauneuf du Papes. Forget this one for 5-6 years and consume it over the next 15+ years. It could turn out to be something special for those who have the patience to wait it out.

Apparently, only one cuvee of 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape has been produced by brothers Baptiste and Dominique Grangeon from their 32 acres of vines in the northeastern sector of the appellation. The 2010s have closed down, and I have tended to judge them slightly more conservatively than I did prior to bottling." (WA)

"Deep ruby. Exotic, oak-spiced aromas of candied red and dark berries, with a suave floral quality adding complexity. Deeply concentrated but quite energetic, offering powerful black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and a velour-like texture. Dusty tannins add grip to a long, penetrating finish that closes on a note of bitter cherry." (VM)

"In contrast, the 2010 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance - a 60/40 blend of Grenache and Mourvedre - is aged all in barrel, with the Grenache seeing only neutral oak and the Mourvedre aged all in new oak. Showing spectacularly, it offers a thrilling array of blackberry, cassis, wild herbs, flowers, and roasted meats, with only a hint of graphite showing from its stint in barrel. Every bit as good on the palate, with brilliant freshness, fantastic purity, and a powerful, yet focused overall mouth-feel, this knockout offering needs a solid 4-6 years of bottle age, and will have upwards of two decades of overall longevity." (JD)

"Ripe, alcoholic and almost too much to taste…Note I said almost with its jammy, licorice, chocolate and spicy character, the wine coats your palate, teeth and gums with layers of decadent fruit. There is a touch of heat in the massive finish. 96 points - Tasted May 31, 2013" (JL)