2015 Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Renaissance

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 92-94
Jeb Dunnuck: 95--Jeff Leve: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :
$59.95

"This has an intense core of crushed plum, raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors, draped with melted licorice notes and backed by a wave of warm fruitcake. Hedonistic for sure, but accents of anise, violet and singed apple wood dart around, adding extra facets of intrigue to hold your attention. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2020 through 2040. From France.—J.M." (WS)

"The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Renaissance is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre. It's a super ripe and plush wine, loaded with dark cherries, cola and baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg (the Mourvèdre component is aged in oak). With its soft tannins and touch of warmth on the finish, it should be consumed relatively young.

At Domaine de Cristia, the estate has been certified organic since 2008, but now Baptiste Grangeon is changing up the winemaking. "The 2015 is the last year made the way I always did," he said. In 2016, he used more whole clusters and a touch of oak, looking for more complexity in his wines. Most of the domaine's wines are located in the lieu-dit Cristia, which has mainly sandy soils well suited to Grenache. Grangeon is also responsible for the winemaking of the Chapelle St. Theodoric wines, a joint venture with American importer Peter Weygandt." (WA)

"Deep ruby. Vibrant aromas of blackberry, cherry pit, licorice, potpourri and spicecake carry a smoky mineral overtone. Juicy, concentrated and sharply focused, offering dark berry liqueur, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that show excellent clarity and mineral lift. Impressively lithe for its power, finishing with building tannins, resonating spiciness and outstanding persistence." (VM)

"The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance is a gem and as always is a 60/40 split of Grenache and Mourvèdre brought up in demi-muids and smaller barrels (one-third new). Blackcurrants, blackberries, wine marinade, licorice, and pepper all emerge from this opulent, incredibly sexy beauty that has full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and more mid-palate depth and richness than most. It’s going to need 3-4 years of cellaring to hit its stride and last for 15+." (JD)

"Luscious textures and a real density of flavor here. Juicy, rich and spicy, the wine is full bodied fresh and long with layers of pure, rich, ripe, sweet fruits that keep on coming, long after the glass is empty. The wine is made from 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre. 94 points - Tasted Aug 21, 2017" (JL)