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2005 Domaine De Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape

ITEM 7980670 - Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Bidder Amount Total
marciope… $30 $30
$30
Item Sold Amount Date
I7980670 1 $30 Oct 24, 2021
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RATINGS

90-92Robert M. Parker Jr.

...opulent, full-bodied, and rich, with notes of smoke, blackberry, cassis, garrigue, and pepper as well as chocolate. It is deep, full-bodied, with sweet tannin, moderate acidity, and superb precision and overall balance.

90Wine Spectator

...with sandalwood, black tea, shaved vanilla and crushed red and black cherry fruit all mingling through the supple, fine-grained finish. Has length and balance

90Vinous / IWC

Fresh raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by suave garrigue and dried floral qualities. Lively red fruits on the palate, with energizing acidity adding snap and focus. Silky tannins build on the long, vibrant finish.

PRODUCER

Domaine De Cristia

Domaine de Cristia is in Courthezon, in the Rhone Valley. It was established in 1940 by Etienne Grangeon, who started with five acres of Grenache. Since then his son and grandsons have added acreage and today the estate includes 125 acres in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Cotes-du-Rhone. Domaine de Cristia makes both red and white wines. The Grangeon family still owns and operates the estate.

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.